Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed a year-end deadline, set by
the United States, requiring Tehran to accept a nuclear fuel deal to ease
concerns about its nuclear ambitions.
Speaking in the southern city of
Shiraz Tuesday, Mr. Ahmadinejad said the United States is in no position to set
deadlines, and that U.S. officials must "change their
President Barack Obama has said he will review diplomatic
efforts with Iran before pursuing possible new sanctions through the United
Nations Security Council.
Mr. Obama's spokesman (Robert Gibbs)
told reporters Tuesday that the end of this month is "a very real deadline" for
Tehran has refused to accept a plan backed by the International
Atomic Energy Agency that would send 70 percent of Iran's uranium stockpile to
other countries for further enrichment.
the top U.S. military officer said the Pentagon must be ready with military
options for dealing with Iran, in the event the president calls for
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said he believes military force would have limited results, and that the best
chance to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program will come from
In other news, Mr. Ahmadinejad has dismissed a British
newspaper report that Iran is working on developing a trigger for nuclear
In a U.S. television interview , the reporter offered Mr. Ahmadinejad a copy
of a document obtained by the Times of London that purportedly contained
details of Iran's work on an "initiator" for nuclear explosions.
Iranian president waved the document away and said it had been fabricated by the
An adviser to Mr. Obama says Mr. Ahmadinejad's
contention is nonsense.