Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (black background) 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday admitted the possibility that his country could be attacked, but warned that an Iranian response would be crushing, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.
"The possibility of (an) attack against Iran cannot be ignored," Ahmadinejad said in a televised interview. "But it can be said that Iran's response to any aggression will be crushing."
Ahmadinejad has rarely addressed the possibility of a military attack.
The Iranian president's comments come amid ongoing tensions over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, which Tehran continues to pursue despite crippling international sanctions that have paralyzed the Iranian economy.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Obama's Middle East policy came under heavy attack on Monday from US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said the US president was deliberately putting daylight
between Israel and the US. “Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability,” Romney said. “And it has never acted less deterred by America.”
Rafsanjani's comments also come at the heels of remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who on Monday dismissed the prospect of an Israeli strike on Iran
in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel
. "If the Israelis had wanted to attack us, and if they could have done so, they would have done so long ago," he said.
Former chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Mohsen Rezaei also said Monday that Israel was not serious about military threats on Iran. "Of course the Zionists wouldn't dare invade Iran and only speak of war to win concessions from the next US president,” he said according to Iran's Press TV.
He added that Israel would lose at least 10,000 citizens in the aftermath of an Israeli military strike on the Islamic Republic.
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