TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s “allies around the globe” would retaliate against any strike by the United States, an influential cleric said Friday ahead of a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the progress of Iran’s nuclear project.
Ahmad Khatami, a staunch Ahmadinejad supporter, said Washington would run into a quagmire if it attacked. President Barack Obama is pushing for new U.N. sanctions against Iran but has not ruled out military action to stop it getting a nuclear bomb.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – The idea of international sanctions on Iranian oil exports is a joke, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday, adding Iran would not abandon its disputed nuclear work despite mounting international pressure.
U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing for new U.N. sanctions in the coming weeks to pressure Iran to stop its sensitive nuclear activities, which Washington and its European allies believe is a cover to develop bombs.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a renewed call from the United States to engage diplomatically to overcome the nuclear standoff, saying he saw no change in Washington’s hostile policy.
Speaking at a factory inauguration on Saturday, Ahmadinejad said a message by President Barack Obama to mark the Iranian new year last month contained “three or four beautiful words” but nothing new of substance.
LONDON (Reuters) – The key to successful climate talks in Copenhagen next month will be making sure rich countries fund greener technologies in the developing world, Norway’s prime minister said Friday.
Politicians have talked down expectations for the talks which are supposed to find a successor to the Kyoto treaty that expires in 2012, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said it now seemed clear a full legal deal could not be reached.
LONDON (Reuters) – Sierra Leone, trying to rebuild an economy shattered by a decade-long civil war, is confident neighboring Guinea can avert collapse and will not destabilize the fragile West African region, a senior minister said.
In an interview with Reuters Insider TV, Trade and Industry Minister David Carew said a standoff between Guinea’s government and opposition could be solved without descending into the type of violence which tore his country apart in the 1990s.