Nightly News | February 19, 2012
>>> iran is expanding its nuclear program , the u.s. tonight is publicly calling on a jittery israel not to launch an attack. joint chiefs of staff chairman general martin dempsey along with britain's foreign minister today said an attack on iran would have grave consequences for the entire region. israel fears iran is close to building a nuclear weapon . still, the u.s. wants israel to give economic sanctions more time to work. iran , meantime, was demonstrating its own resolve today. we have two reports beginning in tehran with nbc's ali aruzi.
>> reporter: lester, iran remains defiant in the face of international pressure. the oil ministry announced that that it was cutting off oil supplies to britain and france after the european union imposed sanctions on iran 's fuel exports. there are few signs that iran intends to back down from its nuclear path. western diplomats say iran is moving to expand its production of enriched uranium at an underground facility but lacks some of the key equipment. the international atomic agency has not commented but is due to start a three-day visit tomorrow in its latest attempt to assess the scope of iran's nuclear program . meanwhile iran flexed its military muscle again today, starting a two-day military land exercise while its navy sent two warships to syria. they entered the mediterranean by the suez canal . this is only the second time this has happened since the islamic revolution in 1979 . at the same time, iran 's foreign minister announced today that iran was willing to move quickly to resume talks with world powers after those talks collapsed a year