Midsummer 1939 Alert from AFP, with thanks to Arjun:
IRAN warned today it would retaliate if the UN Security Council passed a resolution ordering it to stop sensitive nuclear work, but also made a fresh appeal for negotiations “without preconditions”.
“Any harsh measures will face a proportionate reaction,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
“If the other side chooses anything but the path of negotiations, our attitude will change accordingly,” he added, without elaborating on how Tehran could retaliate.
The warning came as a draft resolution was circulated in the UN Security Council. If adopted, Iran would be legally obliged to suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, at the centre of fears the country could acquire nuclear weapons.
Iran insists that it only wants to enrich uranium to make reactor fuel, and argues that this is a right under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
We only want nuclear material for peaceful purposes, and if you don’t let us have it, we will kill you.