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Written by Reuters, Iran Press   
Saturday, 06 September 2008

Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham talks to journalists at his weekly news conference in Tehran.
Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham talks to journalists at his weekly news conference in Tehran.

Iran dismissed on Saturday a warning by France's president that the Islamic Republic was taking a dangerous gamble over its nuclear program because one day its arch-foe Israel could strike.

Iran rejects French warning it risks Israeli strike
Sat Sep 6, 2008 8:02am EDT
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran dismissed on Saturday a warning by France's president that the Islamic Republic was taking a dangerous gamble over its nuclear program because one day its arch-foe Israel could strike.

Government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham accused Israel of threatening global peace but reiterated Tehran's publicly stated view that it was not in a position to attack Iran.

Separately, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying that new long-range missiles had strengthened Iran's defensive capabilities.

"Today, the enemy does not dare to attack Iran, as it knows that it will receive fatal blows from Iran if it ventures into such a stupid act," Nour Ali Shoushtari said in the city of Qazvin, Iran's Press TV station reported.

Western powers accuse Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, of seeking the atom bomb under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran denies the charge, saying it only wants to master atomic technology in order to generate electricity.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if the dispute cannot be settled through diplomacy.

During a visit to Damascus on Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Iran was "taking a major risk in continuing the process to obtain a military nuclear capacity." He added: "One day ... we could find one morning that Israel has struck."

Iran's state broadcaster IRIB quoted Elham, the government spokesman, as saying in response to Sarkozy's statement:

"These threats are because of weakness ... and it reflects the reality and the war-seeking nature of the Zionist regime."

Elham added: "This regime is not big enough and does not have the capacity to want to think about a war with Iran."

He said Israel "uses every chance to threaten global security and peace."

The U.N. Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions against Iran over its failure to heed calls to suspend uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for power plants, or for nuclear weapons if refined further.

Israel, long assumed to have its own atomic arsenal, has sworn to prevent Iran from emerging as a nuclear-armed power.

Speculation about a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities has risen since Israel staged an air force exercise in June which was reported to be a simulation of a strike against Iran. Iran says it would hit back if attacked.

Tension rose further in July when Iran said it test-fired nine missiles, including a "new" Shahab 3 missile, which officials have said could reach targets 2,000 km (1,250 miles) away. Iran has said Israel and U.S. bases are in its range.

Shoushtari, deputy commander of the Guards' ground force, said progress in developing military equipment including long-range missiles "has added to our ability to prevent an enemy attack," Press TV reported.

(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Tim Pearce)

© Thomson Reuters 2008



Tehran repudiates Sarkozy’s claims
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN – Tehran reacted strongly to claims by the French president about the nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, insisting that “nuclear weapon has no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.”

The statement by Iran came as Nicolas Sarkozy urged Iran on Thursday to freeze its nuclear activities and said “Iran has taken a grave risk in try to access nuclear weapons.”

Iran responded that such remarks by French leader will not undermine the nations’ demands for a complete nuclear disarmament in the world.

“The statement of the French president will no hinder a public demand by nations for a complete nuclear disarmament in the world,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi explained in the statement.

France is among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council which is armed with nuclear arms. The country also helped Israel to build nuclear weapons.

""The Islamic Republic of Iran has always, along with other nations, wanted a nuclear disarmament of all countries with nuclear weapons and a destruction of their arsenals,"" Qashqavi added.

In his press conference with the Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus on Thursday Sarkozy also warned Iran of a possible attack by Israel. He said, “The question is not whether it would be legitimate, wise or not. The question is what will we do at that moment?”

There has been a wave of propaganda campaign in Western media on a possible Israeli attack against Iran.

Iranian officials have cautioned that such an attack would evoke a crushing response from Iran and no invaders will survive.

Iran has signed the non-proliferation regime (NPT) and is legally allowed to develop nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

Iran’s nuclear activities are also closely monitored by the cameras installed by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency



Israel 'too vulnerable' to attack Iran
Sat, 06 Sep 2008 10:13:49 GMT  
Iran's government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham says Israel is too vulnerable to think of waging an attack on the Islamic Republic.

Elham made the remark in a reaction to the Friday statement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy who warned Iran that it was taking a big risk in seeking what he called a military nuclear capability.

In one of the most explicit warnings to Tehran by a western leader, Sarkozy said that one day it could find Israel had decided to attack, adding that no one would question the legitimacy of such an act of aggression.

The UN nuclear watchdog, which extensively monitors Iran's nuclear activities and has been inspecting the country's nuclear installations since 2003, has declared that Tehran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent - a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.

"Is Sarkozy the spokesman of the usurping, false regime of Israel? In that case, we recommend that he not move along this path," Elham said at his weekly press conference on Saturday.

He added that such threats only indicate the extreme weakness of France and portrays the warmongering and terroristic nature of Israel.

"The occupying regime of Qods is based on violation of human rights and paying no heed to UN Security Council resolutions or human and international values and criteria."

Speculation that Israel plans to launch air strikes against the Iranian nuclear facilities has run high since Pentagon officials revealed in June that Tel Aviv had held an extensive 'dress rehearsal' for an attack against Iran.

Israel and the US have long threatened Iran with war, accusing Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of developing nuclear weapons. Iran says that it is legally entitled to use nuclear technology for electricity generation and other peaceful applications.

"Israel takes every opportunity to threaten international peace," Iran's government spokesman said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is a powerful system which moves on the path of peace, security and friendship…No one can impose any threat against it," Elham stressed.



Iran: Israel Not in a Capacity to Attack
TEHRAN, Sept 6--Iranian government spokesman Gholamossein Elham says the occupying Israeli regime does not have the capacity to even think about attacking Iran.

His remarks came after the French president warned on Thursday that Tehran's determination to press ahead with its nuclear program risked provoking an Israeli military strike.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said in a statement on Friday that Nicolas Sarkozy's claims were baseless, adding that "nuclear weapons are not part of Iran's defense doctrine".

The Iranian government spokesman said, "This regime (Israel) is not in such a position and does not have the capacity to even think about attacking Iran."

"Is Mr Sarkozy a spokesman for the occupying and counterfeit regime?" Elham asked on Saturday. "If so, we advise them not to proceed in that direction."

The US and its staunch ally Israel -- the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear armed side -- have never ruled out taking military action against Iran.

Iran insists its nuclear activities are aimed solely at generating energy, repeatedly vowing that any attack will be met by a crushing response. 


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