Ahmadinejad: No Country Dares Attack Iran
By VOA News
22 September 2009
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted about his country's military power at an army parade on Tuesday, that was marred by an air force plane crash that killed seven people.
State media report the crash occurred in a rural area south of Tehran. There was no word on the cause of the crash or the type of plane involved.
During the military procession commemorating the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, the president said no country would ever dare to attack Iran because it is more experienced and powerful than ever before. He warned that Iranian forces will "cut off the hands" of any attackers before they are able to pull the trigger.
President Ahmadinejad frequently lashes out at the United States and Israel, which have both said military action is an option if Tehran does not stop its controversial nuclear activities.
The president also urged U.S.-led foreign forces to leave Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the region will never tolerate foreigners for a lengthy period.
Iranian state media say Mr. Ahmadinejad left Tehran after his speech to join world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
His presence is expected to stir protests, following his statements calling the Holocaust a lie.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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