Ahmadinejad promises `global` response if Iran is attacked

Iran`s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised a global response if his country is attacked.

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 20:33 PM IST

Doha: Iran`s hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has promised a global response if his country is
attacked, in an interview with Qatari daily Al-Sharq published
on Saturday.

"Our options will have no limits... They will touch the
entire planet," he said in reply to a question about Tehran`s
reaction in the event of such an attack.

Iran`s arch-foes the United States and Israel have never
ruled out military strikes against Tehran to halt its nuclear
programme which they and other Western powers suspect is aimed
at making weapons.

Tehran denies the charge, saying its atomic programme has
purely peaceful goals.

"I believe that some think about attacking Iran,
especially those within the Zionist entity (Israel). But they
know that Iran is an indestructible bulwark and I do not think
their American masters will let them do it," Ahmadinejad said.
"They also know that the Iranian response will be hard
and painful," he added.

The UN Security Council in June slapped its fourth set of
sanctions on Iran over its refusal to halt its uranium
enrichment work.

PTI