Ahmadinejad warns against any attack on Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iran would "cut off the hands" of anyone who attacked the country

Ahmadinejad warns against any attack on Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a military parade in Tehran on Tuesday Iran would "cut off the hands" of anyone who attacked the country.

"Iranian armed forces will cut off the hands of any attackers before they pull the trigger," he said in an address at a parade broadcast on state television to mark the start of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980.

"No power in the world is daring enough to attack Iran as we are more experienced and powerful than ever," Ahmadinejad said.

Hundreds of troops marched past the official podium packed with top officials, followed by military hardware including Ghadr, Sejil and Shahab-3 long-range missiles which are made in Iran.

Television commentators said the Shahab-3 missile had a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), putting Israel within striking distance.

Shorter range missiles, unmanned planes and locally made jet fighters, Saegheh and Azarkhsh, artillery and rockets were also on display.

Iran has always played down any threats of possible U.S. or Israeli attacks on Iran and says it is well-prepared to respond if any such strike was made.

The United States and its allies are seeking to intensify U.N. sanctions on Iran over the country's disputed nuclear programme, which the West claims is intended to build nuclear weapons. Iran has repeatedly denied this.

Iran has repeatedly condemned the military presence of the U.S. and its allies in neighbouring countries.

"The roots of all conflicts in the region is the presence of foreign troops," Ahmadinejad said.

Washington and Israel threatens military action against Iran over the nuclear issue.

Tehran is due to hold talks on Oct. 1 with major world powers over concerns about the Republic's nuclear strategy.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Eylül 2009, 13:46
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