Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that any possible Israeli military strike against Iran would be a very serious mistake, adding that such action would have unpredictable consequences.
Lavrov's comments followed an Israeli threat by President, Shimon Peres, that an attack on Iran is becoming more likely. It also comes after Western diplomats were briefed on a report by the IAEA detailing Iran's nuclear capabilities. The report alleges that Iranian engineers have had soviet training to build detonators for triggering a nuclear chain reaction.
The report says that Iran has mastered the critical steps necessary to design and construct a nuclear weapon.
In the midst of rising tension and saber rattling between Tehran and the West; could this be a new phase in the confrontation with Iran? And is the IAEA totally free from external influence?
Al Jazeera's Inside Story talks to a former director of the IAEA, Robert Kelly, Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran and Joshua Goodman from the Transatlantic Institute.
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