Thursday, August 19, 2004

Iran hints at pre-emption over threat from U.S.

Iran hints at pre-emption over threat from U.S.
AP Friday, August 20, 2004
TEHRAN Iran's defense minister has expressed his government's deep disquiet at having American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and hinted that some Iranian generals believe they should strike first if they sense an imminent threat from the United States.
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The minister, Ali Shamkhani, was asked in an Al Jazeera interview broadcast late Wednesday how Tehran would respond if the United States attacked Iran's nuclear facilities.
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"We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," Shamkhani replied. "There are differences of opinion among military commanders. Some commanders believe a preventive military operation is not a strategy created by Americans, or is not limited to Americans. Any nation, if it feels threatened, may resort to that."
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Shamkhani spoke in Farsi with an Arabic voiceover in the broadcast. Al Jazeera provided a transcript of Shamkhani's Farsi comments on Thursday.
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President George W. Bush has labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil," along with North Korea and prewar Iraq. But U.S. officials have said recently they are sticking to diplomacy, not force, to try to end what they call Iran's drive for nuclear weapons. Iran, which says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, has shown increasing defensiveness under a U.S. campaign to get the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities.
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If the U.S. decides to take military action, "that moment will be the end of all our nuclear obligations," Shamkhani said, referring to Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran confirmed this month that it had resumed building nuclear centrifuges, which can be used to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and declared it should have the right to nuclear technology that has both peaceful and military uses.
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On Tuesday, the deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard said Iran would destroy Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor if the Israelis attacked Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel has not threatened to attack Iran's Bushehr reactor, but it has said it will not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. In 1981, Israeli planes destroyed a nuclear reactor under construction near Baghdad.



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< < Back to Start of Article TEHRAN Iran's defense minister has expressed his government's deep disquiet at having American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and hinted that some Iranian generals believe they should strike first if they sense an imminent threat from the United States.
.
The minister, Ali Shamkhani, was asked in an Al Jazeera interview broadcast late Wednesday how Tehran would respond if the United States attacked Iran's nuclear facilities.
.
"We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," Shamkhani replied. "There are differences of opinion among military commanders. Some commanders believe a preventive military operation is not a strategy created by Americans, or is not limited to Americans. Any nation, if it feels threatened, may resort to that."
.
Shamkhani spoke in Farsi with an Arabic voiceover in the broadcast. Al Jazeera provided a transcript of Shamkhani's Farsi comments on Thursday.
.
President George W. Bush has labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil," along with North Korea and prewar Iraq. But U.S. officials have said recently they are sticking to diplomacy, not force, to try to end what they call Iran's drive for nuclear weapons. Iran, which says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, has shown increasing defensiveness under a U.S. campaign to get the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities.
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If the U.S. decides to take military action, "that moment will be the end of all our nuclear obligations," Shamkhani said, referring to Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran confirmed this month that it had resumed building nuclear centrifuges, which can be used to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and declared it should have the right to nuclear technology that has both peaceful and military uses.
.
On Tuesday, the deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard said Iran would destroy Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor if the Israelis attacked Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel has not threatened to attack Iran's Bushehr reactor, but it has said it will not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. In 1981, Israeli planes destroyed a nuclear reactor under construction near Baghdad. TEHRAN Iran's defense minister has expressed his government's deep disquiet at having American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and hinted that some Iranian generals believe they should strike first if they sense an imminent threat from the United States.
.
The minister, Ali Shamkhani, was asked in an Al Jazeera interview broadcast late Wednesday how Tehran would respond if the United States attacked Iran's nuclear facilities.
.
"We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," Shamkhani replied. "There are differences of opinion among military commanders. Some commanders believe a preventive military operation is not a strategy created by Americans, or is not limited to Americans. Any nation, if it feels threatened, may resort to that."
.
Shamkhani spoke in Farsi with an Arabic voiceover in the broadcast. Al Jazeera provided a transcript of Shamkhani's Farsi comments on Thursday.
.
President George W. Bush has labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil," along with North Korea and prewar Iraq. But U.S. officials have said recently they are sticking to diplomacy, not force, to try to end what they call Iran's drive for nuclear weapons. Iran, which says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, has shown increasing defensiveness under a U.S. campaign to get the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities.
.
If the U.S. decides to take military action, "that moment will be the end of all our nuclear obligations," Shamkhani said, referring to Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran confirmed this month that it had resumed building nuclear centrifuges, which can be used to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and declared it should have the right to nuclear technology that has both peaceful and military uses.
.
On Tuesday, the deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard said Iran would destroy Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor if the Israelis attacked Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel has not threatened to attack Iran's Bushehr reactor, but it has said it will not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. In 1981, Israeli planes destroyed a nuclear reactor under construction near Baghdad. TEHRAN Iran's defense minister has expressed his government's deep disquiet at having American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and hinted that some Iranian generals believe they should strike first if they sense an imminent threat from the United States.
.
The minister, Ali Shamkhani, was asked in an Al Jazeera interview broadcast late Wednesday how Tehran would respond if the United States attacked Iran's nuclear facilities.
.
"We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," Shamkhani replied. "There are differences of opinion among military commanders. Some commanders believe a preventive military operation is not a strategy created by Americans, or is not limited to Americans. Any nation, if it feels threatened, may resort to that."
.
Shamkhani spoke in Farsi with an Arabic voiceover in the broadcast. Al Jazeera provided a transcript of Shamkhani's Farsi comments on Thursday.
.
President George W. Bush has labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil," along with North Korea and prewar Iraq. But U.S. officials have said recently they are sticking to diplomacy, not force, to try to end what they call Iran's drive for nuclear weapons. Iran, which says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, has shown increasing defensiveness under a U.S. campaign to get the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities.

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