Iranian Nobel laureate calls for peaceful resolution of nuclear standoff
International Herald Tribute/AP

There have been growing worries that the conflict between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program could broaden into a more violent crisis. Speculation also has mounted in recent days that Israel may be considering a unilateral military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Ebadi warned against any military action and further economic sanctions against Iran, saying both would just hurt ordinary people and accelerate the flight of Iran's most educated and skilled professionals.

"We expect Iran and U.S. to settle their disputes through negotiation. This is in the interests of both the Iranian and American people," she said.

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