Thursday, February 17, 2005

Iran warns of immediate payback for any attack after blast scare

Iran warned Thursday that it would respond immediately to any military strike after a roadworks blast near a nuclear site sparked fears of an attack, the state news agency IRNA reported Thursday.

"An attack, whatever it is, against any site, whether it be nuclear or not, would produce a very rapid response," Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani said.

"The Iranian nation would not yet have even been informed of an attack against a site, nuclear or not, before learning of our decisive reaction." ...

"Nothing happened in the region" of Bushehr, insisted Shamkhani, accusing the media of exaggeration. ...