June 21, 2008
DUBAI (AFP) — The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected any Israeli strike as “impossible.”
Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general if the Islamic republic were attacked.
Israel’s dry run ‘attack on Iran’ with 100 jet fighters
By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Israel has mounted a major long-range military air exercise – involving more than 100 F15 and F16 fighters – as a rehearsal for a potential strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, American officials have indicated.
The fighters, along with refuelling tankers and helicopters able to rescue downed pilots, were mobilised during the first week of June over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in an exercise monitored by foreign intelligence agencies.
Iran dismisses Israeli threat to nuclear facilities
by Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem and agencies
Saturday June 21, 2008
Tehran today denounced Israel as a “threat to global peace” after Israel held a large military exercise in an apparent dress rehearsal for a potential attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.
An Iranian government spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham, dismissed suggestions of an attack by Israel as “impossible”, the official IRNA news agency reported.
He said “the threats and the claims of [the] Zionist regime” proved Iran’s view that Israel was “dangerous and a threat to the global peace and security”.
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