Ahmadinejad dismisses again U.S., Israeli war threats
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of a military strike on Iran because "the United States has no capacity to enter another war" and "Israel is too weak" to deal with Iran, RIA Novosti reported.
The head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said in August that Washington had not ruled out a possible military strike on Iran if diplomatic or economic measures failed to persuade Tehran to fold its controversial nuclear program.
"I have to say that these are the polemics adopted by the United States, and it speaks of replacing logic with coercion, because there is no reason to want to attack Iran," Ahmadinejad said in an exclusive interview with the Russia Today satellite TV channel.
"It's also clear that the United States does not possess the capacity to enter another war either [being engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan]," he added.
Commenting on the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran, Ahmadinejad said the Jewish state was too small and weak to pose any significant threat to his country.
"The Zionist regime represents a very small entity. It does not even factor in our equations. It's far too weak to have the ability to attack Iran, because it understands that if it were to do so, it wouldn't lead to Iran's destruction," the Iranian president said.
Ahmadinejad also reiterated his warning of the "dire consequences" of any attack on the Islamic Republic.
"We are prepared for the unlikely scenario of war, and we are ready to defend ourselves. But at the same time we believe that nothing special of this sort will happen," he said.
Information on possible attacks on Iran, which have allegedly leaked from intelligence services, regularly pops up in the mass media. Experts consider such articles a method of "psychological pressure" on Teheran aimed at forcing the Islamic Republic state to compromise with the West.