Iran is a nuclear state but has no intention to launch attack on Israel – Ahmadinejad in Egypt
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Tehran has no intention of attacking Israel and that the world needs to cooperate with Iran. The comments came as the leader marked a historical visit to Cairo for the 12th Islamic Summit Conference.
“[Israel] wants to attack Iran, but we’re not preparing any attack against them because the purpose of our program is defense,” Ahmadinejad told Al-Ahram newspaper in an interview before his trip to Egypt.
The leader also reiterated that Zionists were trying to take over global power and wealth throughout the world, and that the best solution was for the world to cooperate with Iran.
“[The world] wants Iran to go back to what it was in the past, but they won’t succeed. They assume we’ll give in to pressure, but such thoughts are misguided. We’re already an industrial and nuclear country…we must ensure development and growth and bring them to pass, and the world must acknowledge our progress,” he said.
Ahmadinejad’s comments came just days after new equipment at Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant stirred condemnation from Israel and the US.
The US and its allies have long accused Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability – a claim which Tehran has repeatedly denied.
Talks between Iran and world powers are due to take place later this month in Kazakhstan.
Russia has put pressure on Iran by saying that it expected to see “serious progress” made at this month’s nuclear talks.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Iran and world powers had made no progress since the last round of negotiations were held in Moscow in June 2012.
Meanwhile, Iran says the ball is in Washington’s court.
“If [the United States] demonstrates genuine goodwill and honesty, we’ll have the best possible talks,” Iran’s ambassador to Russia, Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, told a news conference in Moscow.
A deal on the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on February 26, is being seen as a success in itself. It comes after months of haggling over possible venues and dates.
mahmoud and morsi..sitting in a tree..yeah you know the rest..
i wonder if he will go for a stroll in gaza in the next few days..could israel resist the opportunity?