Iranian president criticized for ruling out possible US attack

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attracted criticism Monday when local media quoted him as saying his technical education and belief in God helped him rule out the possibility of a US attack. Ahmadinejad has said previously he doubted Washington would bomb Iran over the country's controversial nuclear program, but his latest comments drew fire because of his justification. "I am an engineer. For hours, I write down various hypotheses, reject them, provide reasons and make plans based on calculations," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by several newspapers Monday, including the reformist daily Kargozaran. "They (the US) are not able to create troubles for Iran." US President George W. Bush has refused to take military action off the table as an option in stopping Iranian nuclear development that Washington alleges is cover for a weapons program - a charge Teheran denies.