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    RIA Novosti - Agence russe 19:46 30/04/2010 Ahmadinejad pledges to knock teeth out of any Iranian enemy http://en.rian.ru/world/20100430/158822525.html
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      RIA Novosti -
      Agence russe
      19:46 30/04/2010
      Ahmadinejad pledges to 'knock teeth out' of any Iranian enemy

      http://en.rian.ru/world/20100430/158822525.html



      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Iran as a "fist"
      that will "knock teeth out" of anyone who has the courage to attack the
      Islamic republic, Iranian news agency ISNA said on Friday.

      The statement came during Ahmadinejad's visit to Kish Island in the
      Persian Gulf marking National Persian Gulf Day.

      The Gulf, which hosts large oil deposits, has been an area of increased
      attention from regional powers, as well as from the United States.

      "They [the U.S. authorities] want to dominate the Middle East... Though
      it should be mentioned that they have not reached their goal and will
      not do it [in the future]," the agency quoted the hard-line Iranian
      leader as saying.

      "Today Iran is the world's most powerful nation. We like all nations and
      are glad to see their prosperity. We are adherents of friendship and
      dialogue. However, as opposed to the aggressive intentions, we remain a
      powerful fist that will knock the teeth out of anyone [who will have
      courage to attack Iran]," Ahmadinejad said.

      The U.S. and Israel have not ruled out military action against Iran in
      case it fails to meet a demand by Western powers and halt its
      controversial uranium enrichment program. The U.S. and other Western
      nations accuse Iran of attempting to build weapons under the guise of
      peaceful nuclear generation.

      Ahmadinejad said a major problem facing the Persian Gulf was the U.S.'s
      presence in the region.

      "The Persian Gulf's problem is not the issue of security, the problem is
      you [the U.S.]," he said.

      He said the United States has deployed its Patriot air defense systems
      in the Persian Gulf region, saying they are needed to avert a possible
      attack by Iran. Washington is set to extend cooperation with regional
      powers to deploy more radar stations in the area.

      Last week, Iran's Revolutionary Guards carried out a wide-range military
      exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, firing indigenous
      cruise missiles both from sea and land.

      According to Iranian military officials, the drills were designed to
      "ensure security in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of
      Oman."

      Iran has repeatedly warned that if Tehran is attacked, it will retaliate
      by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. Nearly 40% of the world's seaborne oil
      shipments pass through the strategically important waterway linking the
      Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

      MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti)
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