Saturday, May 06, 2006

Iran's leader: Talk of US strike a joke

YNet News:
The possibility that Israel would assassinate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "only a rumor," Iran's Intelligence Minister Mohseni Ejei said Saturday, stressing that "there has been no change in the president's security arrangements."

The Iranian president himself commented on the prospect that his country would face a Western strike, and called it "a joke." READ MORE

Speaking at a press conference at the Iranian embassy in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, Ahmadinejad stated: "I recommend to all those who write about a possible American strike in Iran to open a map and see what size Iran is, where it is located and what its history is. Some think this is psychological warfare, but I think this is a joke."

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official, Admiral Muhammad Ibrahim Dakhani, said several days ago that if attacked by the United States, Tehran would make Israel its first target for retaliation.

"Israel will be the first target we will move against in the event America carries out a vicious action against us," he said.