Israel "would not dare attack Iran": Ahmadinejad|
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:20am EST
By Firouz Sedarat
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that
Israel "would not dare attack Iran", after Israel said it tested a missile and
warned against Tehran's nuclear program.
"The Zionist regime ... would not dare attack Iran," Ahmadinejad told Al
Jazeera television in remarks translated into Arabic, referring to Israel. "The
Iranian response would make them regret it, and they know this."
"It knows that any attack on Iranian territories would prompt a fierce
response," he added.
Israel tested a missile on Thursday and urged the West to work harder to
prevent "the appearance of a nuclear Iran".
Israel Radio said the missile tested was capable of carrying an
"unconventional payload" -- an apparent reference to the nuclear warheads Israel
is assumed to possess, though it has never publicly confirmed their
Ahmadinejad said Israel was a "criminal regime" which would not gain
legitimacy through threats. "It has lost its philosophical reason to exist," he
said, adding that regional countries rejected Israel for occupying Palestinian
The Iranian president also said Iran was also prepared for any possible U.S.
"But we are not worried about this kind of talk...because it is aimed at
American domestic consumption as they need it in the upcoming presidential
elections," he said.
NEW U.N. SANCTIONS?
Ahmadinejad said new United Nations sanctions against Iran would only
discredit the U.N. Security Council as they would be based on political
pressure, not legal issues.
"If the world realizes that the council takes illegal measures ... it would
destroy the reputation of the council," Ahmadinejad said.
"It would better for them (world powers) to ... drop the issue from the
Security Council's agenda," said Ahmadinejad, whose country has agreed with the
U.N. atomic watchdog to answer outstanding questions within a month about past
covert nuclear work that had military applications.
Germany said on Thursday a meeting of six big powers it is hosting next
Tuesday aims to show international resolve not to allow Iran to develop nuclear
The West fears Tehran is secretly seeking an atom bomb. Iran says its nuclear
program is only for power generation. A recent U.S. intelligence estimate that
it had stopped an active nuclear arms drive in 2003 has compounded disagreement
among the six powers over the next steps in the stand-off.
(Editing by Jon Boyle)
Original article: Reuters
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