TEHRAN – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the Zionist regime and the United States are issuing threats of military action against the Islamic Republic because they are afraid of its capabilities.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks during a recent interview with the Egyptian state-owned newspaper Al Akhbar in reference to the remarks that Israeli President Shimon Peres made on November 4, in which he said that a military option to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining what he called “nuclear weapons” was nearer.
“The Zionist regime is destined to collapse, and that collapse will happen soon enough,” Ahmadinejad said.
Iran is making great progress and is becoming more capable day by day, and “that is why it has succeeded in entering the international competition,” he stated.
He added, “Israel and the West, particularly the U.S. are afraid of the role and capabilities of Iran, and therefore are attempting to drum up international support for a military campaign against Iran, which is meant to” deter Iran.
The global bullying powers “must be aware that Iran will not allow them to take any action against it,” he stated, adding, “Iran will not remain silent in the face of any military aggression against it.”
Ahmadinejad also said, “Iran does not possess any atomic bomb while the Zionist regime, which possesses 300 nuclear warheads,” is posing a serious threat to the entire region.
“Washington is seeking to save Zionism, but it will not be able to do so,” he added.
“Israel can be likened to a kidney that has been transplanted, but the body has rejected it,” he commented.
In reply to a question about the U.S. efforts to sever the link between Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, Ahmadinejad said that such attempts are meant to help save the Zionist regime, but “it will not be able to save this regime.”
U.S. fearful of amity between Iran, S. Arabia
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad commented on U.S. officials’ claim that they recently thwarted a plot by two men linked to Iran’s security agencies to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir.
Washington is afraid of relations of fraternity between Tehran and Riyadh, Ahmadinejad said.
The U.S. is “our enemy and the enemy of Saudis and all nations. The U.S. spread such a lie with the aim of creating a rift and provoking disagreement between Saudis and us. The U.S. is the standard-bearer of terrorism in the world and resorts to terrorism to achieve its purposes,” Ahmadinejad stated.
He added, “The U.S. is afraid of any form of friendship between Saudis and us and that is why it is seeking to drive a wedge between nations. We should make efforts to strengthen our bonds of friendship and our relations in order to stymie those efforts. The recent U.S. allegation is a lie. Iran will never commit such a crime.”
Asked if there is a possibility that Iranian and Saudi Arabian officials will hold negotiations to resolve the problems that have recently surfaced, Ahmadinejad stated, “We are ready (to hold talks), and our relations have not been broken off, and negotiations are being held between us, and, with the grace of God, the U.S. will not be able to do anything.”
Turkey has been compelled to host NATO radar system
Ahmadinejad also spoke about the fact that Turkey has agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO’s missile defense system, which is ostensibly meant to counter an alleged ballistic missile threat from Iran.
“We are a friend of Turkey and have good and friendly relations with this country. We believe that the issue of the deployment of NATO’s radar system has been imposed on the Turkish nation, and it harms the interests of this country and all regional nations. We have clearly expressed our view on that to our Turkish friends.”
Iran, Egypt need not form defensive alliance
He was also asked to express his opinion on the relations between the Islamic Republic and Egypt and the news reports saying that there is a possibility that the two countries will establish a defensive alliance which is said could help undermine the dominance of the U.S. over the region.
“We welcome the issue but do not believe that the two countries need a defensive alliance. A political, economic, and cultural alliance will suffice. Cooperation and convergence between Iran and Egypt will help undermine the U.S. dominance… Iran has been standing up to the U.S. alone and has defeated the U.S. alone. If Egypt aligns itself with Iran… the U.S. will have to completely retreat from the region,” he said.
Ahmadinejad also stated that he will make a trip to Egypt when invited.
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