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16:56 | 2010-04-12

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Chief Commander Terms Obama's Anti-Iran Remarks "Childish Gesture"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi views the recent nuclear threat posed by US President Barack Obama to Iran just as a "childish gesture", an Iranian lawmaker said on Monday.



Speaking to FNA about a today meeting between members of the parliament's Defense Commission and Firouzabadi, Mahmoud Ahmadi Biqash said, "Major General Firouzabadi pointed to Obama's recent remarks on Iran and his implicit threat against our country and called such remarks childish and a gesture for propaganda."

"He said that Obama uttered these remarks due to his lack of experience as they know Iran is too powerful for them to attack," the lawmaker quoted the General as saying during the meeting.

"He also said that no state has the power to act against Iran because Iran's Armed Forces are fully prepared," added Ahmadi Biqash, who is a member of the parliament's Defense Commission.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had lashed out at Obama for his recent remarks on Washington's new nuclear strategy, saying Obama's comments indicated his lack of experience.

"We consider such remarks by Obama as an indication of his lack of experience and fledgling status," Ahmadinejad said, speaking to a large and fervent congregation of Iranian people in the country's northwestern city of Orumiyeh today.

Ahmadinejad further warned Obama not to pursue George Bush's strategies, "otherwise the response of the nations will be the same tooth-breaking response that they showed to Bush".

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday.

But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with The New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.