development program. Israel may have had a hand in this explosion as well. And in October 2010 18 people were killed in a blast at a Revolutionary Guards base in Khorramabad in the north-western Lorestan province.
The possibility that Israel will attack Iran seems to become more probable. The former head of the Israeli secret service Mossad, Meir Dagan, has again warned against this possibility. Dagan said that he was very worried as this might lead to a regional war with many casualties, also in Israel itself.
Dagan reacted to statements by the Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak from which he concluded that Barak is convinced that Israel has less than a year to carry out a military strike on Iran. Barak made his statements in response to comments by U.S. Joints Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey., who on Wednesday said that he did not know whether Israel would alert the United
States ahead of time if it decided to take military action against Iran. Dempsey also said that he was not sure that Israel shared the American view that sanctions and diplomatic pressure were the best means to deal with the nuclear threat by Iran.
Meanwhile the tension between the West and Iran is building up again as the European Union on Thursday tightened sanctions against Iran on Thursday in
response to a report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog IAEA which suggested Iran has worked on designing an atom bomb. The EU ministers added 180 Iranian people and entities to a blacklist that imposes asset
freezes and travel bans on those involved in the nuclear work. A decisions on a ban on oil imports will be taken later, probably at the next EU-meeting in January.. French
President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed the embargo and won backing from
Britain, but there was some fear that an import ban might raise global oil
prices during hard economic times. EU member states import 450,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil,
about 18 percent of the Iran's exports, much of which go to
China and India.
The EU-sanctions come on the heels of a British decision to close the Iranian embassy in London and expel all of its staff, after its own embassy in Tehran was ransacked by Bassidj who posed as 'students'. Germany, the Netherlands and Italy have temporarily withdrawn their ambassadors from Tehran.
China and Russia have issued appeal to remain calm. Russia
said "cranking up a spiral of tension," would undermine
the chances Iran would cooperate with efforts to ensure it does not
build nuclear arms.
The present tension would almost one make forget that the latest IAEA-report also has been met with strong criticism. China was one of the states that raised doubts about the credibility of the claim that Iran is working on a atom bomb. The IAEA still "lacks a smoking gun," Xinhua said in a commentary. "There are no witnesses or physical evidence to prove that Iran is making nuclear weapons."
Russia called it a “compilation of well-known facts ... intentionally
presented in a politicized manner.”
Moscow’s foreign ministry even went as far as to liken it to the false
intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear activities used by the United
States and its allies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Also the 118 states strong Non-Aligned Movement sharply criticised the report.