Gaddafi: Iran may suffer fate of Iraq

Libyan leader says Iran acting out of "pure vanity," faces challenges too great for it to overcome alone.

Gaddafi 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Gaddafi 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Iran could go the same way as Iraq if it persists in its confrontation with the West, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said Tuesday. "What Iran is doing is pure vanity," Reuters quoted Gaddafi as saying. "If a decision is taken against Iran, it will suffer the same fate as Iraq...Iran is no stronger than Iraq and will be unable to resist." Gaddafi said countries that chose isolation were doomed to fail. "No country will survive on its own in the future - it will disappear," Gaddafi said. "The challenges facing Iran are greater than its ability to overcome them alone." Like Iran, Libya was for many years engaged in a conflict with the west over its nuclear ambitions before common ground was found in 2003.