News / Middle East

Iran Vows to Retaliate Against Any Attack

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
VOA News
Iran has vowed to retaliate against any attack, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world to draw a "clear red line" on Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador, Eshagh al-Habib, accused Netanyahu of making "baseless allegations" against Tehran, which insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.  World powers say Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Iran to "stop playing for time."  He warned the "stability of the entire region is at stake" due to the unresolved dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

On Thursday, Netanyahu told delegates at the U.N. General Assembly that time was running out for the world to stop Iran.  He used a drawing of a bomb to explain that a "red line" must be drawn before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. 

Watch related Besheer report
Israel Calls for 'Red Line' on Iran Nukesi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Margaret Besheer
September 28, 2012 7:38 PM
Israel's Prime Minister urged the international community to place what he called a "clear red line" on Iran's controversial nuclear program as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly Thursday. Separately, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas blasted Israel for its illegal settlement activity and said his government would seek upgraded U.N. status within the year. VOA United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer has more.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Netanyahu on Friday. The president reaffirmed the United States' "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security," and both leaders agreed on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also spoke Friday with the Israeli prime minister. He told reporters after the call that he does not believe military action will be necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but said he cannot completely take the military option off the table.

Earlier this week, President Obama said the U.S. will do what is necessary to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon but he did not give Iran any ultimatums.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Netanyahu late Thursday. Officials did not provide any details of the talks.

Also Thursday, representatives of the P5+1 group of nations - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss efforts to resume nuclear talks with Iran.  A State Department official said the group "remains completely unified in wanting to get the Iranians to consider and to address the concerns of the international community, and that the P5+1 is completely united in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon."

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

You May Like

Photogallery South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africans returning from affected West African countries will be thoroughly screened, required to fill out medical questionnaire, health minister says More

Multimedia UN Launches ‘Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years’ in Iraq

Move aims to help thousands of Iraqi religious minorities who fled their homes as Kurdish, Iraqi government forces battle Sunni insurgents More

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

IT specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about disease More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ken Dobson from: UK
September 28, 2012 9:09 AM
guys... you are wrong to assume that we in the UK do not see the peril Israel is facing... we do... and we stand in complete solidarity with the nation of Israel - a nation of incredible fortitude - i see where you might think that we have gone soft in the knees... believe me that its not the people of the UK that have gone soft... its the BBC - please do not confuse the people of the UK with the BBC... it would be like confusing CNN with the great and formidable nations of the US and Canada.

In Response

by: S.H.Huang from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 30, 2012 10:41 AM
US and UK have been strong allies of Israel and all freedom-loving nations. They have sent troops to defend democracy. They have spent trillions of dollars in foreign lands, fighting for democracy.They have lost thousands of lives.The epitaphs should be testimony of the sacrfices their men and women have made over the ages. Yet, are the nations for which they had fought been grateful? Gratitude is what should be bestowed on US and UK. But, no! Instead they throw rocks and bombs in response! Shouldn't US and UK cut and run, and let those nations fight their own battles? Why should US and UK spill blood on froreign soil, citizens may as well ask. Indeed, they should!Is it altruism that makes US and Uk fight for you? Rightly, their citizens should ask this question.If ever US and UK want to send troops to fight a war in aforeign lqaqnd, let it be short, sharp and decisive! Never drag it!


by: Don from: USA
September 28, 2012 8:35 AM
Lady Sophia, the craven European cowardice in the face of Islamic advance is a renowned and ignominious posture... the fact that we lack moral leadership is incontestable. The PM of Israel is an outstanding world leader with an unmistakeable clear message. Today i can say with shame that i supported "two state solution" until i was made to realize the aspect of rape and depredation inherent in the Arabs design...


by: sahani from: us
September 28, 2012 8:33 AM
When tolerant start tolerating Non tolerant . Tolerant one day will not exist.
Its time IRan should be punished .

In Response

by: FARAMARZ HOZOURI from: USA
September 28, 2012 8:54 AM
Punished for what?


by: Sophia McLollum from: Independant Scotland
September 28, 2012 7:58 AM
some say the cartoon was a trivialization of a deadly Iranian nuclear threat to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries... some say it was a stroke of genius to convey a simple idea to a particularly dim witted UN assembly... I see something different... I see a "gulf" opening up between the US/Canada and their European allies (particularly Britain) on a subject of fundamental simplicity... there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Egyptians, Saudis, they are all the same Arab Nation who wish Israel's destruction - be it by means of a "Two State Solution" or gradual metastatic incursion. We are in desperate need of a firmer European stand with the US/Canada/Israel

In Response

by: FARAMARZ HOZOURI from: USA
September 28, 2012 9:00 AM
Please read history ab out the creation of those mentioned Arab nations, and in particular, their leaders respectively. You will notice that are bounded in their own inner circles.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbasi
X
Scott Stearns
August 21, 2014 9:20 PM
The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid