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Ahmadinejad says Iran will defend itself from any attack

Ahmadinejad says Iran will defend itself from any attack
By Bloomberg

Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejadsaid in a U.S. television interview that his nation will defend itself if attacked byIsrael.

The response ofIranis quite clear, I dont even need to explain that, Ahmadinejad said in an interview with CNNs Piers Morgan scheduled to be broadcast tonight, according to a transcript. Any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself.

Tensions between the nations are high as Iran pursues a nuclear program that it says is for peaceful purposes, while the U.S. and its allies say Iran may be hiding development of a nuclear weapon. If Iran is attacked, it will respond both against Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf region, said General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps aerospace force, according to the state-run Fars news agency.

We cannot imagine the Zionist regime initiating a war without the U.S. backup, he said yesterday on state-run Al- Alam television, according to Fars. He warned such a conflict could draw in other nations and become a third world war. The top commander of Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sept. 22 that Israel would be destroyed if a war occurs.

Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahuhas said the U.S. should establish a red line for Irans nuclear activities that would result in a military attack if crossed. PresidentBarack Obamaantis administration has backed economic sanctions to deter Irans nuclear ambitions.

The Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things, Ahmadinejad said, according to CNN. I think they see themselves at the end of the line, and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors.
Inflammatory Rhetoric
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Ahmadinejad yesterday and warned about the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric, counter-rhetoric and threats from various countries in theMiddle East, according to a UN statement. Ahmadinejads anti-Semitic declarations from the podium at the annual General Assembly regularly prompt Western delegates to walk out of the hall in protest.

The Iranian leader said in an interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that Iran wants to continue negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program and does not take very seriously Israels threats. He also said he doubts Americans want war with Iran.

I dont believe so, he said. I believe the people of the U.S. are peace-loving people.
After Election
Ahmadinejad didnt indicate the prospect of new Iranian concessions to meet the demands of world powers, such as curtailinguranium enrichment. He said the U.S. campaign season is not the time to expect results.

I do believe that some conversations and key issues must be talked about again once we come out of the other end of the political election atmosphere in theUnited States, he said according to a transcript.

CNNs interview with the Iranian president covered issues including the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi,Libya, which killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens. An online video ridiculing theProphet Muhammadhas been cited as fueling the attack.
Movie Controversy
Any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn, Ahmadinejad said onCNN. Likewise, we condemn any type of extremism. Of course, what took place was ugly.

Ahmadinejad said he hopes the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy. He said this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason anywhere in the world.

Morgan also pressed the Iranian president to explain his views on homosexuality.

Do you really believe that someone is born homosexual? Ahmadinejad asked the news anchor in response. Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation.


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