The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Independent 25th Jan 2007
Internal pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to abandon his confrontational policies with the West has intensified after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme spiritual leader, snubbed a request for a meeting on the country’s controversial nuclear programme.
Telegraph 25th Jan 2007
The US government put more pressure on Europe this week to extend financial sanctions to punish Iran for stepping up its nuclear programme – but it is meeting European resistance. The effort comes amid indications that US-only financial sanctions are having a bigger economic impact than expected.
FT 25th Jan 2007