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Robert Tait in Tehran
Friday October 20, 2006
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran added a threatening edge to his verbal onslaught on Israel today by warning European governments to withdraw their support or face getting "hurt" in a storm of retaliation.
He also called Britain and the United States "enemies of Iran" whose attempts to block the country's nuclear programme at the UN security council were "illegitimate".
Mr Ahmadinejad was speaking in Tehran at the annual Qods [Jerusalem] day rally, staged by Iran's Islamic regime to propagate its ideological opposition to Israel. He repeated predictions that Israel would soon disappear but, in a fresh warning, said European countries could pay a much higher price than the US for their backing.
"We have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away, but you are the neighbours of the nations in this region," he said. "We inform you that the nations are like an ocean that is welling up, and if a storm begins, the dimensions will not stay limited to Palestine, and you may get hurt. It is in your own interest to distance yourself from these criminals ... This is an ultimatum. Don't complain tomorrow."
Mr Ahmadinejad, who last year called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and dismissed the holocaust as a "myth", has not previously made such a clear distinction between US and European support for Israel.
"You should believe that this regime (Israel) cannot last and has no more benefit to you. What benefit have you got in supporting this regime, except the hatred of the nations?" he said in nationally broadcast speech Friday.
Jerusalem, Oct. 20 (AP): Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned that Iran would have "a price to pay" if it does not back down from its nuclear ambitions, hinting broadly that Israel might be forced to take action -- his strongest words yet about the Iranian threat.
Talking to reporters yesterday on his way home from a three-day trip to Moscow, Olmert did not specifically threaten to cripple Iran's nuclear programme in a military strike, as it did 25 years ago in Iraq when it sent combat planes to destroy an unfinished nuclear reactor there. But he repeated what he said a day earlier after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow -- the Iranians "have to be afraid" of the consequences of their intransigence.
"They have to understand that if they object to every compromise, there will be a price to pay," Olmert said.
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
Wow Mdv2, I don't understand the logic of him saying this...he doesn't want sanctions, yet threatens Europe. Where is the logic?
All I know is, that people in the United States will have a huge news fiasco when this finally hits air. And Bush will use the rhetoric "He threatens our allies".
Who knows anything about these sort of things? I really don't.
"If the other side (the EU) yields to American pressure, it is natural that the situation will become radical. The world will not end but it will affect all our cooperation, in which I think the other side will lose more," Larijani said.
He did not specify what cooperation would be affected, but Iran has in the past threatened, if pushed, to review dealings with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. watchdog that routinely inspects Iranian atomic facilities.
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
Mdv2, you live in Europe. How do you feel about this?
Originally posted by Mdv2
Anyhow, a (false flag?) attack in the name of Iran - for instance a dirty bomb attack in Israeli cities - would immediately change the situation, and thus the stand points of European leaders.
Originally posted by Kwintz
The A-man is nothing more than a wannabe bully. He is weak, but he projects himself as being strong. Crazy Kim is the same way. These guys are pitiful and pathetic. Hitler was a real bully. These guys, on the global political scene, are simply not.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
The difference Pie Man is that Israel has been threatening to get rid of the nuclear program in Iran just as they did in Iraq. They are not threatening the existence of the entire country nor have they said Iranians should be wiped off the map etc. The threats you speak of are not comparing apples to apples.