Iran's foreign minister says Russia and China have assured him they will oppose sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
Manouchehr Mottaki told Iran's Kayhan newspaper diplomats from the two countries are against economic sanctions and military action. A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says Israel would be Iran's first target in response to any U.S. attack.
Iran's threat comes as officials from the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany met in Paris to discuss whether to impose sanctions on Iran. U.S. Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns says Washington believes it is time to impose sanctions.
In other developments, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh says his country has enriched uranium up to four-point-eight percent purity. He says Iran has no plans to enrich beyond five percent -- a fraction of the more than 80 percent purity needed to make nuclear weapons.
Iran called on the United Nations Monday to stop the United States from making what Tehran perceives as threats of a military attack against its nuclear program.
President Bush has said he prefers a diplomatic solution to the controversy, but has not ruled out military action.
The United States and other countries accuse Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon -- a charge Tehran denies.