A major Iranian political figure is pushing back at those in the West who are trying to put the squeeze on that nation over concerns that it is developing nuclear weapons.
Ali Larijani, Iran's speaker of parliament, says if other nations provoke Iran it will "cost them heavily."
The European Union recently voted to increase sanctions on Iran. And Israel conducted military exercises over the Mederteranian as a show of force to indicate that it has the capability of striking Iran's nuclear facility.
There is a despirate need for diplomacy to enter the equation over this impasse. The Bush administration, which has had a dismal diplomatic record, is finally getting it and is trying to make the proper overtures to Tehran. Hopefully this will pave the way for a thaw in relations when the next president takes office in January.
But Vice-President Dick Cheney's verbal sabre rattling toward Iran notwithstanding, the rhetoric out of Tehran has been worse. There have been repeated threats to eliminate Israel (sorry the mistranslation argument raised by apologists just doesn't fit.) nd now this from Larijani.
One would hope that all parties in this dangerous game would prefer a peaceful resolution rather than armed conflict. But comments like these gives one reason to wonder.