RIA Novosti - Ahmadinejad pledges to 'knock teeth out' of any Iranian enemy
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Ahmadinejad pledges to 'knock teeth out' of any Iranian enemy
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
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)