15 August 2011
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned that his regime would respond harshly to any attempts by Israel or the United States to launch military action against the Islamic republic. In an interview with the ‘Russia Today’ news network, the hard-line Iranian leader said Tehran would give a “decisive response” to any strike. “We have a saying in our language: If someone throws a smaller stone [at you], you should respond with a bigger stone.” He added; “We will defend ourselves within our capabilities.”
Despite this warning, Ahmadinejad claimed there was no reason to launch a strike against Iran. Instead he accused Israel of being a regime that depends on terror, occupation and aggression.
The international community has called on Iran to halt its nuclear program, leveling sanctions against the Islamic country. However, Tehran has so far refused to comply with the United Nations’ demands.
Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world's biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider "dead in the water".
Meanwhile, Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev met with Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Monday. He was expected to raise a Russian plan to restart the international nuclear talks with Iran which collapsed in January.
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