Iran yesterday announced the resignation of its chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, a move that signals deepening internal divisions on the eve of critical international talks about its nuclear program.
The United States must stop "posturing" and start negotiating if it wants to avert President George W. Bush's "World War III" scenario of a nuclear-armed Iran, Middle East experts say.
The United States is in no position to attack Iran because it is bogged down in the conflict in Iraq, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has resigned, officials said Saturday, fuelling fears Tehran will take an even tougher line in the crisis with the West on its contested nuclear drive.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator resigned Saturday in a move seen as a victory for the hardline president that could push the country into an even more defiant position in its standoff with the West.
Iran, OPEC's number-two exporter, hit out Saturday at the recent hike in oil prices, saying real prices were far lower than the 90-dollar-a-barrel level of last week.
Iran believes Afghanistan would never allow its soil to be used by the United States to launch an attack, the Iranian foreign minister said here Saturday.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, who was viewed by the West as a moderating influence in Tehran, resigned ahead of crucial talks with Europe this week.
Iran can fire 11,000 rockets into enemy bases within the first minute after an attack, a top commander said.
Ali Larijani suddenly resigned as Iran's top nuclear negotiator, the government announced Saturday, just three days before a new round of talks is scheduled in Rome.