Iran: Nobody would dare attack us

2011-11-11 22:54

Vienna - A senior Iranian envoy is discounting the threat of a military attack on his country, saying "nobody would dare" to provoke such a confrontation with Tehran.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh says Iran's foes "should have learned a lesson" from the way his country fought Saddam Hussein's army to a standstill after it invaded the Islamic Republic in 1980.

He told reporters Friday that if there is an attack now, Iran would "respond immediately".

Israeli government figures suggest there is debate on whether to strike Iran. The Jewish state is concerned that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons and if that diplomacy fails to end that threat the only option may be a strike on its atomic installations.

American officials want further negotiations but say no option is off the table.

Soltanieh is Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

  • Eben - 2011-11-12 00:17

    This Ali reminds me of Chemical Ali...

  • Dirk - 2011-11-12 05:31

    Sadly, Israel does not have much of an option. If they fail to destroy those facilities now,the safety and security of Israel will be in great danger. They are facing a murderous and savage terrorist state, led by a terrorist, kidnapper and hostage taker. May God bless Israel

      Douglas - 2011-11-12 14:58

      I read that Iran's suspected nuclear weapon sites are spread over a vast geographical area, and some are up to 90m underground. Israeli defence analysts have said that it would take up to one month of continuous air strikes - or over 1000 sorties - to effectively destabilise their nuclear programme. Of course, there's no real tangible proof that they have any such weapons. Secondly, we should ask ourselves why it is fine for Israel to have these weapons, but not Iran. I appreciate that Iran is considered a rogue nation by the West, but Israel themselves have made themselves guilty of a number of human rights violations and atrocities. Even if Iran did develop a nuclear weapon, does anyone in their right mind think they'll actually use it? Do they not have the right to develop an effective deterrent to perceived US/Israel aggression? One last thought - if Iran were attacked, they will simply shut down the Strait of Hormuz, through which 16 million barrels of oil are transported each day. Western economists have warned that this could make global oil prices spike to anywhere between $300-$500 a barrel. Do you think the global economy, in the fragile state that it is in, could survive this??, I hope there's no war. Maybe Iran should take a stand and announce that they're willing to give up their dreams of self-protection...but only once Israel disarms itself of all its own nukes.

      Barry - 2011-11-12 18:19

      @Dirk.. " murderous and savage terrorist state " Iran ? Are you sure ? As far as their leader goes one does not have to look further than Netanyahu to see the Iran is a novice compared to Israel in a far terrorism goes. Even western leaders are getting tired of Netanyahu's terrorism. IT is getting embarrassing for the "west".

  • cjsmit.christo - 2011-11-12 07:28

    Moer hulle, maaifoedies.

  • Larry - 2011-11-12 10:02

    Oh Yeah! Don't bet on it. A missile up your jacksie will prove you wrong.

  • Gail - 2011-11-12 10:30

    The last country who believed this was the victim of 9/11 and they have LLLOONNGG memories and also a failing economy and a honed military being withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. Hopefully Obama is not another warmonger but a levelheaded legal mind who realkises that war changes nothing.

      Adam - 2011-11-12 11:08

      what you are saying has truth, but ogo back 1 more step. america is not suffering because they invaded iraq, they are suffering because they did not take an islamic threat seriously. had they acted on intelligence which claimed militants were posing a threat, there would have been no 9/11, no iraq invasion.. and so on..... israel could learn here that diplomacy on works when both sides are civilized.

      Barry - 2011-11-12 18:00

      @Adam. Wow. We agree on something. Yes the USA were so sure they were safe to bully, even when Osama Bin Laden told them Al-Qaeda was going to attack and then 9/11. I wonder what would have happened if the USA took the time to listen/discuss with Osama before the tragedy ? Just discussing.

  • morena.pounder - 2011-11-12 11:07

    I pray that Israel make a mistake of attacking Iran and have the whole region rain on it and as US ally we expect them to use Nuclear because only US allies are entitled to to possession and use of nukes according to some undeclared NATO resolution. The war with Iran will signal the beginning of the 3rd world war and Russia and it's allies will burry this evil state of Israel.

      Garth - 2011-11-12 12:13

      Your name should read pounded-to-a-moron. How could any sane human wish for war? Especially the war that shall be the end of the earth as we know it. Are you drunk at this hour of the morning? Possibly fuelled by anc tender money, pissed to the eye-balls, ready for a drive in your Mercedes Beenz, hoping to see some cyclists, knowing that the anc will save you . . .

  • Lavittude - 2011-11-12 13:25

    Like many unsuspecting kids of my generation,I grew up believing that Mandela and the ANC were terrorists hell-bent on visiting conflgration upon conflagration on earth.But history exposed who the devil was.Now we are bombarded with stories of how Muslims are threatining world peace by 'God's chosen'Americans and Israelites.Needless to say,history will expose the real terrorists behind 9/11 and the anrchy which is unfolding before our very eyes.Go ahead,flatten the Middle East with your half-cooked lies,you.Satan's Chosen People

      Dirk - 2011-11-12 17:09

      satans chosen people ? what on earth does the ANC have to do with this?

      Barry - 2011-11-12 17:34

      @Dirk..I think Lavittude means Israel are Satan's chosen people. Not that I agree, as I dont believe there is a Satan What I think he is comparing is ANC fight to liberate the people of South Africa to the Palestinian plight defending themselves against Israel aggression, and how duped white South Africa were at the time sending men to fight the "terrorist" ANC. Similar to the duping to the Israeli people currently and people like yourself about the palestinian "terrorists".

      Nibiru - 2011-11-12 17:55

      @Barry Church Street Pretoria 20th May 1983

      Barry - 2011-11-12 18:07

      @Nibiru. What about Church Street Pretoria 20th May 1983

      Nibiru - 2011-11-12 18:25

      I was there

      Barry - 2011-11-12 18:39

      @Nibiru.. OK. I would really appreciate giving your opinion on the discussion that we are having. Do you see similarities to the South African liberation to what is happening in Israel now nor not ?

      Nibiru - 2011-11-12 19:37

      @Barry No

      Barry - 2011-11-12 19:41

      @Nibiru. No problem. Take care. Bye.

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