Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel would not attack the Islamic Republic as "its regime is weak and it has many problems." "This is a media war, the Iranian Student's News Agency (ISNA) reported Ahmadinejad as saying. "The Zionist regime is weak. We have faced stronger countries in the past," the Iranian leader said.
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Ahmadinejad also said that his country wanted to have 100,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium.
"We intend to have 100,000 centrifuges and, God willing, Iran will be able to meet its needs in nuclear fuel by next year," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
The current Iranian year ends on March 20, 2006.
The Iranian president had said last week that Iran intended to launch 60,000 centrifuges in its nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad said earlier Monday that not Iran, but rather the West, which should make concessions in the nuclear dispute.
"A concession is necessary in any negotiation for settling a dispute but why should our right be the subject of such concessions (and not theirs)," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with officials of the state-television network IRIB.
Ahmadinejad called on the nation to follow the "great mission" for developing the country and presenting Islam as the "most beautiful, complete and progressive religion to everywhere."