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Iranian President Ahmadinejad dismisses seriousness of Israel's threats, says Iran is ready to defend itself

Iranian President Ahmadinejad dismisses seriousness of Israel's threats, says Iran is ready to defend itself

When asked about Israel's threat to attack the Iran's nuclear sites during a visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly session, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the country is "ready to defend ourselves" and that he "did not take the Zionists' threat seriously."

In the UK Telegraph's recording of Ahmadinejad (embedded below), he says:

Fundamentally, we do not take seriously the threats of the Zionists, vis-a-vis an attack on Iran by them. Even though we are Iran, Iran at the end of the day is a great country and let me assure you, we do have all defensive means at our disposal, and we are ready to defend ourselves. And we do believe that the Zionists see themselves at a dead end. And they want to be adventurous in order to find a salvation, a way out of this dead end. We do believe that the wise thinkers throughout the world do know that the world, particularly our region, no longer has the capability of another conflict within itself. While we are fully ready to defend ourselves, we do not take such threats seriously. They say some things and they receive their answers, so I don't believe it's anything of utmost importance at all. Of course you are aware, that if such an event were to happen, then all equations in the region would see a deep change.


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been demanding that a "red line" be set. "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," National Public Radio quotes him as saying in mid-September. "I think Iran must understand that there's a red line so they stop advancing on their program to produce atomic bombs."

On Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution by a vote of 90-1, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) voting against it. The Jewish Press reports that the language of the resolution is in line with Israel’s red lines and goes further than the Obama administration, which has set as a red line Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon.

Paul argued that the resolution was a de-facto a declaration that the U.S. would wage a pre-emptive war. Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks explains that Joint Resolution 41 says that the "red line" to attack Iran is based on whether Iran is "nuclear weapons capable."  Watch:


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