Defense minister: Iran will defend itself

Oct. 17, 2007 at 3:28 PM

TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Iran will take all measures necessary to defend itself against the United States and other Western powers, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the International Atomic Energy Agency should investigate Iran's nuclear program and decide whether it violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Fars News Agency reported.

"And the political approach of the Untied States, which speaks of the use of other options very frequently, lacks legality and is a violation of the international regulations," he said.

Iran contends that its nuclear program is aimed at power generation, not weapons.

"The belligerent neo-cons of the U.S. should be careful because Iran's response to their measures would go beyond their imaginations and predictions," Najjar said.

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