Iran dismisses possibility of US strike, says ready to talk on Iraq

Iran dismissed the possibility of a US military strike against the country Monday and said Teheran was ready to consider a new round of talks with Washington on security in Iraq. "The region is not ready to tolerate a new crisis and the United States is not able to plan it, too," Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters during his weekly press briefing. "However, the Islamic Republic of Iran will consider any weak possibility (of an attack)," he added. Hosseini said Iran would consider a new round of talks with the US over security in Iraq if requested by both countries.