Iran warns US against military attacks


Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday warned the US against any military attacks on his country.

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“The US first started a psychological war in the form of financial sanctions in order to weaken our country and is blatant enough even to threaten us that the military attack option was still on the agenda,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern Iranian city of Gorgan.

It was not clear why Ahmadinejad referred to a military threat by the US in the ongoing dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities, in particular its controversial uranium enrichment process.

Ahmadinejad had earlier warned the US that in the event of a strike against its nuclear sites, Tehran’s response would reach beyond national borders and spark a war with “no limits”. He did not provide any further details.

“Whoever dares to endanger Iran, whoever dares to do anything at all against Iran, should raise its arm and the Iranian nation will instantly cut it off,” Ahmadinejad said.

“We therefore advise the US to stop their inhuman crimes and leave the region. If they don’t, then the regional people will eventually take care of that,” the Iranian president warned.

Ahmadinejad said that the US had started a full-scale war in the region on the pretext of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“While some 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 incident, in the military invasions following the incident more than 100,000 people were killed in Afghanistan and over 350,000 in Iraq, including civilians and children, and nobody in the US cares about them,” the Iranian president said.

He said the war against global terrorism would have been settled by now if the US had allocated part of its huge war budget for development projects in Afghanistan rather than chasing terrorists.