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Ahmadinejad: “Severe” Response If US Attacks

From his fans at Reuters:

Iran vows “severe” response if U.S. attacks

By Diala Saadeh

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday threatened “severe” retaliation if the United States attacked his country, which is locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

They realize that if they make such a mistake the retaliation of Iran would be severe and they will repent,” Ahmadinejad told a news conference in the United Arab Emirates. He was speaking through an interpreter.

“All people know they cannot strike us. Iran is capable of defending itself. It is a strong country,” said Ahmadinejad.

He said the West could not stop Tehran pursuing its nuclear energy program. “Superpowers cannot prevent us from owning this energy.”

The United States, which has a strong military presence in the Gulf, accuses Iran of wanting to produce nuclear weapons and has sought tougher U.N. sanctions against Tehran. Iran says it wants only to generate electricity to allow more oil exports.

Using stronger language than on Sunday when he called for U.S. troops to leave the region, Ahmadinejad said Gulf countries should “get rid of” foreign forces, which he blamed for insecurity in the region.

“We in the Persian Gulf are faced by difficulties and enemies,” he said. “They claim lack of security is the reason for their presence (but) the problem is the intervention of foreign powers.” …

You see how much more moderate and sensible the Iranians are, now that the US has agreed to hold talks with them?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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