No country can violate Iran, Ahmadinejad says

Iran Materials 23 April 2008 12:52 (UTC +04:00)

No country could violate Iran or deny its rights, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in response to remarks by US presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton, reported the dpa.

"No country in the world could violate Iran and deny its legitimate rights," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the western city of Hamedan, carried live by Khabar news network.

Clinton, one of the main Democratic presidential candidates, had Tuesday warned that she would order the US military to "totally obliterate" Iran if the Islamic state carried out a nuclear strike against Israel.

"As long as the Iranian nation shows a decisive resistance, there is nothing any world power can do about breaking this resistance," the Iranian president said, without referring directly to Clinton.

Clinton's Democratic rival for the presidential candidacy, Senator Barack Obama, has spoken several times in favour of resuming talks with the Islamic state after almost three decades of diplomatic estrangement.

The Iranian president has said he not only hopes for the elimination of Israel from the Middle East map but he has also voiced doubts about the extent of the Holocaust.

The West fears that Iran's nuclear programmes also include secret weapons programmes and that the first target of an Iranian atomic bomb would be Israel. Iranian Shahab-3 missiles have a range of 1,300 to 2,000 kilometres.

Iran insists that its nuclear programmes are peaceful and that it has no intentions to attack the Jewish state.