America yesterday branded Iran a “pariah state” and threatened it with a military strike.
A senior US official warned if no diplomatic solution is reached over Tehran’s nuclear programme it could mean war.
The State Department’s arms adviser Robert Einhorn said: “Iran is violating international obligations and norms. It is becoming a pariah state. The situation in Iran has become more and more worrisome.
“The timeline for its nuclear programme is beginning to get shorter, so it is important we take these strong steps on an urgent basis. If we do not, pressures will grow for much stronger actions.
„The US favours a diplomatic solution but, if we cannot achieve it soon, inevitably interests will grow in a different kind of solution.”