Ahmadinejad: Israel, U.S. threats to attack part of 'psychological war'
Iranian president says Israel is weak, West, not Iran, should make concessions in nuclear talks.
Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that reports of possible military attacks by Israel and the United States against Iran's nuclear facilities are not serious and part of a "psychological war."
"I recommend the US statesmen to skip any enmity with the Iranian nation ... also the Zionist regime is weak and currently has it own problems, although we are capable of confronting even more powerful countries [than Israel]," Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad also said Monday that he expects Iran to be self-sufficient in nuclear fuel in 2007. To reach the goal outlined by the president, Iran would need to dramatically accelerate its capacity for uranium enrichment, a process that the United Nations and the West are demanding Tehran suspend or face possible sanctions.
Ahmadinejad also said he doubts sanctions would be imposed against Iran by the United Nations Security Council but if so, such sanctions would cause no problems for the country.
"We are still in favor of negotiations over the nuclear dispute but will not allow ay country to deprive Iran from its [nuclear] rights and even sanctions, if imposed, would not cause any problems for the country," Ahmadinead told state television IRIB.
The news agency ISNA quoted the president as saying that Iran planned to run 60,000 centrifuges and cover the nuclear fuel needs until the next Iranian year which starts March 21, 2007.
Ahmadinejad had said earlier that it would take time until all the 60,000 centrifuges get operational for reaching the final aim which is production of nuclear fuel. Iran's initial aim was completing 3,000 centrifuges by March 2007.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a meeting Monday with officials of the state-television network IRIB that not Iran, but rather the West, should make concessions in the nuclear dispute.
"A concession is necessary in any negotiation for settling a dispute but why should our right be the subject of such concessions?" he said.
Ahmadinejad called on the nation to follow the "great mission" for developing the country and presenting Islam as the "most beautiful, complete and progressive religion."
The Iranian president said last week that Iran would "go all the way" to realize acknowledgment of its nuclear rights and predicted that opponents of Iran's nuclear programs would eventually be forced to acknowledge these rights before the end of the current Iranian-calendar year which ends on March 20, 2007.