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Israel is facing growing international pressure not to attack Iran unilaterally, with the US in particular making clear its firm opposition to any such strike. It follows pressure on world leaders to halt Iran's contested nuclear programme.
The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey made comments that Washington did not want to be blamed for any Israeli initiative, according to an interview with the Guardian.
A report by the UN's nuclear watchdog that accused Iran of doubling the number of uranium enrichment entrifuges it has in an underground bunker was politically motivated, as Iranian lawmaker said today.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report yesterday indicated that despite threat of an Israeli or US military strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities, it was rapidly increasing the enrichment capacity of its Fordow site, buried deep underground to withstand any such hit.
"Publishing this report while Iran is holding the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting does not mean anything other than it was a political move aimed at overshadowing the meeting in Tehran," lawmaker Kazem Jalali told the ISNA news agency.
The UN's latest inspection of Iran's nuclear processing plants has turned up worrying details of rising capacity and signs of a growing cover up. Iran still says it's only for energy, not weapons.
But there was nothing peaceful about some of the language used today in the rising tension between Iran and Israel, as our Middle East Correspondent John Ray reports.
The White House says it is closely studying the UN report on Iran's nuclear program. It warns the opportunity to resolve the issue diplomatically "will not remain open indefinitely".
United Nations nuclear inspectors say they are concerned about Parchin, a military site south of the Iranian capital Tehran because:
- Five buildings have been demolished
- Power lines, fences and paved roads removed
- The activity could hamper any inspection for evidence of past weapons development
Mark Fitzpatrick from the International Institute for Strategic Studies says Iran is "flouting" the UN by increasing its enrichment production.
Iran's supreme leader says the country will not abandon its "peaceful" atomic program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran.
The UN's nuclear watchdog says Iran is preparing for a possible major expansion of uranium enrichment in an underground complex.
- The Fordow site is buried deep inside a mountain
- The number of enrichment centrifuges there has more than doubled to 2,140 from 1,064 in May
- However, the new machines are not yet operating
The International Atomic Energy Agency also says "extensive activities" at Iran's Parchin military complex will hamper its investigation of possible past nuclear weapons development work there - if inspectors are granted access.