Iran scorns French warning of war
(BBC) A warning by France's foreign minister that the world should prepare for war over Iran's nuclear programme has drawn an angry response from Iran.
Iran's foreign ministry said the remark had damaged the credibility of France, while the official Iranian news agency accused Paris of aping Washington.
On Sunday France's Bernard Kouchner said: "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war."
Meanwhile, the top UN nuclear official said force should be a last resort.
At a conference of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Austria, Mohamed ElBaradei said he saw no clear and present danger, and that talk of force was counter-productive.
Iran denies it is trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and says it only wants nuclear power to generate electricity for civilian purposes.
But it has repeatedly rejected UN demands to give up the enrichment of uranium, which the US and other Western states fear is being diverted to a nuclear weapons project.