February 16, 2012
Iran will counter any Western military action against it, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.
The United States would be making a mistake if it attacked Tehran, Iran’s envoy said.
“If they hit us from any location we will strike back from any location,” Iranian ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told a news conference in Moscow.
Sajjadi was speaking amid increasing tensions over Iran’s disputed uranium enrichment program. Western powers suspect Iran is seeking to create a nuclear bomb and have tightened sanctions. Tehran says it only wants to produce its own energy.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday what he described as major advances in Tehran’s nuclear program. In an elaborate ceremony aired on state TV, Ahmadinejad presided over the loading of Iran’s first domestically-made nuclear fuel rods into a research reactor.
Speculation has also been growing in recent weeks that Israel may be preparing to attack OPEC’s No. 2 oil exporter to counter what it views as a serious threat to its national security. The United States has also refused to rule out force.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:48 am