With storm clouds gathering around Iran, Tehran did not hesitate to fire back at comments made by France’s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner. Recently Kouchner said, in reference to Iran, that "[w]e have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war." Constituting a much harder line for French diplomacy, Iran has accused the Ã‰lysÃ©e of becoming simply "the executors of the will of the White House" and attack the new French statements as being "more inflammatory and more illogical than that of Washington." Despite its co-operation with the IAEA, a move seen by some as a stalling tactic, two courses seem to be rising to the surface in dealing with Iran – tougher sanctions or a military strike. Gen. Mohammad Hassan Koussechi of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says any attack would elicit a powerful response, stating that Iran has the ability to strike an enemy at 2,000 km and adding that U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan "are within our range."
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