Tehran: Iran on Tuesday warned that an attack on
its first nuclear power plant would amount to an
"international crime," as the countdown started for the launch
of the Russian-built facility.
"Attacking an international plant is an international
crime as the consequences will not be limited to the hosting
country but will have a global aftermath," Iran`s nuclear
chief Ali Akbar Salehi told the state IRNA news agency.
Iran`s first and much-delayed nuclear power plant near
the southern port city of Bushehr will go online on August 21
to eventually generate electricity, at a time of mounting
international pressure on Tehran over its atomic programme.
The United States and Israel, which accuse the Islamic
republic of seeking nuclear weapons, have never ruled out a
military strike to curb Iran`s atomic drive. Iran insists the
programme is solely aimed at peaceful ends.
Former US envoy to the United Nations John Bolton
yesterday said that Israel has "eight days" to launch a
military strike against Iran`s Bushehr nuclear facility to
stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant.
Iran`s foreign ministry spokesman dismissed a possible
Israeli attack on the Bushehr plant.
"These threats had become repetitive and lost their
meaning," Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters today.
"According to international law, installations which have
real fuel cannot be attacked because of the humanitarian
consequences," he said.