Russia Says U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be Catastrophic

By Sebastian Alison and Henry Meyer

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Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. military strike on Iran would have “catastrophic consequences,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov said.

“Bomb attacks on Iran would be a wrong move leading to catastrophic consequences,” Losyukov said in an interview with newspaper Vremya Novostei, published on the ministry’s Web site.

Losyukov’s remarks come two days after French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the world should “prepare for the worst” in the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, and that “the worst is war.” In Moscow today, Kouchner said everything must be done to avoid war and called for all sides to “negotiate, negotiate, negotiate without a break.”

Iran says it’s pursuing a nuclear research program to generate energy. The U.S. accuses it of enriching uranium to make a nuclear bomb. The State Department is trying to rally support for a third round of United Nations sanctions against Iran at the Security Council in New York.

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