Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Lieutenant Commander Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami on Sunday reiterated Iran's control over the world's energy supplies, warning that Iran has the power to cut energy supplies to Europe whenever needed, especially in winter."Iran sits on 50% of the world's energy and if it wants, Europe will spend the winter in the chill," he said.
"We say the first word in the region today and Iran is the main player in Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon, and in influencing regional developments," said Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar.
Iran 'not co-operating' says new IAEA chief
Iran is not co-operating with the UN nuclear watchdog's investigation into the country's nuclear programme, the new head of the agency has said. Iran's insistence its nuclear programme was peaceful could not be confirmed, Yukiya Amano told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
Mr Amano is taking a more critical line than his predecessor, analysts say. The news is likely to strengthen calls for sanctions on Iran. Iran's foreign minister has rejected Mr Amano's claim.
"The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, but we cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the agency with the necessary co-operation," Mr Amano said.
He was speaking at a 35-nation board meeting of the IAEA in Vienna, the first since he took over as the head of the organisation in December.
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