GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Tensions are rising globally over push and shove tactics by Iran and Israel that may involve the US. Two attacks on Israelis Monday 13 February, one in India and the other in Georgia, were blamed by Israel on Iran, while Iran says its staged them to smear its name.
Four people were injured.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by state media Saturday as saying that his country will unveil nuclear “major achievements” in the next few days. He has been sharply criticized in the recent past on suspicion that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and not just the peaceful energy tools the president claims.
“Tensions hit a boiling point weeks ago when Iran conducted military exercises in the Persian Gulf after threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial shipping lane for oil,” reports CNN.
Ahmadinejad’s announcement came during public celebrations of the country’s 1979 revolution which overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Aljazeera reports that “Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister in Gaza, gave a speech at Ahmadinejad’s side vowing that his Islamist movement would continue its ‘resistance’ to Israel.”
Israel is reported to be threatening to attack Iran, a report that the Washington Post met with “The language reflected a deepening rift between Israeli and US officials over the urgency of stopping Iran’s nuclear programme, which Western intelligence officials and nuclear experts say could soon put nuclear weapons within the reach of Iran’s rulers. Although accepting the gravity of the Iranian threat, US officials fear being blindsided by an Israeli strike that could have widespread economic and security implications and might only delay, not end, Iran’s nuclear pursuits.”