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Israel, U.S. not dare attack Iran - Ahmadinejad

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that the United States and Israel would not dare unleash a war against the Islamic republic.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that the United States and Israel would not dare unleash a war against the Islamic republic.

The current U.S. pressure on Iran is just a psychological war, Ahmadinejad said at a joint press conference with Qatar's Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani on Sunday in Doha, the Saudi media said.

"There will be no war against Iran," Xinhua news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "All the talk in this regard is only psychological war, and we believe that there are rational men in the United States that who do not support taking such a step."

Information on possible attacks on Iran, which have allegedly leaked from intelligence services, regularly pops up in the mass media. Experts consider such articles a method of "psychological pressure" on Teheran aimed at forcing the state to compromise with the West.

"Iran is fully ready and is able to hit back crucially against any aggression," Ahmadinejad added.

The U.S. and other Western nations accuse Iran of attempting to build weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear energy generation and demand Teheran halt its controversial uranium enrichment program.

Tehran has repeatedly rejected the demand, insisting it is pursuing a purely civilian program.

Several Western powers have called for harsher sanctions against Tehran if it does not agree to halt its nuclear program. The United States and Israel have not ruled out military action against Iran in case it continues its program.

Any Israeli attack upon Iran would result in the demise of Israel, Ahmadinejad said. "Any attack against Iran will lead to the eradication of the Zionist entity," he said, referring to the destruction of Israel.

Qatar and Iran also discussed the situation in Iraq and Palestinian territories, which resumed direct talks with Israel on September 2.

Earlier, Ahmadinejad described Iran as a "fist" that will "knock teeth out" of anyone who has the courage to attack the Islamic republic.

RIYADH, September 6 (RIA Novosti)

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