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17:56 | 2010-01-13

Defence

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Mottaki Downplays Israeli Attack on Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday rejected the speculations that the US and Israel might launch an attack against the country, stressing that the Zionist regime does not dare to attack Iran.



We believe that the Zionist regime is not experiencing proper conditions to dare to attack Iran, Mottaki told reporters in a joint press conference with his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah here in Tehran today.

The Iranian top diplomat also described the possibility of a military attack against Iran's nuclear installations as media propaganda by the Zionists and Americans which was heated during the presidency of George W. Bush.

"Since its illegal establishment in the region, Israel has brought the Muslim people of the region nothing but problem, annoyance, aggression, terror and massacre," he added.

"Israel is a useless member which has been imposed on the region," Mottaki said, reminding that due to the aggressive nature of the Israeli regime, it should always be watched and monitored.

Speculations that Israel could bomb Iran mounted after a big Israeli air drill in 2008. In the first week of June 2008, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran has warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.