"Neither Israel or the US are in a position to attack Iran," the father of the Iranian nuclear program Akhbar Etemad told BBC in an interview on Thursday.
Etemad, now in his 80s, ran the Iranian nuclear program, that started during the Shah's regime after pressure from the US, between 1974 and 1978. He left the country when the nuclear program was stopped after the 1979 Iranian revolution, and refused to return when Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided to resume the program.
"At the beginning the revolutionaries thought that nuclear technology [was] one of the tactics of the US to put [a] hand on Iran. Later on they realized it was a successful program and they had to continue it," Eteman said.