`Ball of Fire' if
Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general should the Islamic republic be attacked.
His stark comments came as
"A military strike
A report by the New York
Times on Friday cited US officials as saying a major Israeli military exercise
earlier this month seemed to be a practice for any potential strike against
The manoeuvres, code-named "Glorious Spartan 08," took place on May
28 and June 12, and consisted of aerial exercises and knowledge exchange, said the Greek source, who requested anonymity.
The goal was for more than
100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to prepare for long-range strikes and
said any attack would simply harden
"A military strike would spark the launch of an emergency programme to make atomic weapons, with the support of all Iranians, including those living abroad," he said.
He did not believe that
there was an "imminent risk" of proliferation given the current
The West fears that
ElBaradei's comments come as
"Suspending uranium enrichment has no logic behind it and it is not acceptable and the continuation of negotiation will not be based on suspension," Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.
He responded to talk of a military strike by saying "such impudence and audacity to have an aggression against our national interest and integrity is an impossible action."
For his part,
"The request to stop uranium enrichment is an old issue and does not have any legal or technical foundation," he added.
"Next year and the year after that will be crucial. The world must must decide if it gives more time to diplomatic efforts, which currently do not seem very promising," he told Israeli public radio.
On June 6 an Israeli Deputy
Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz,
A week ago, European Union
foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a new
offer to Mottaki on ending the six-year standoff over
It was made on behalf of
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