UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The United States would trigger an unprecedented military response if it were to attack Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.
"When has the United States faced a serious war?" Ahmadinejad posited when he met with reporters in New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly. "When a war starts, it knows no boundaries, no limits."
Even as he spoke of possible war, Ahmadinejad dismissed the idea that tensions would reach that point, The New York Times reported.
"We have always been prepared to talk," Ahmadinejad said.
U.S.-Iranian relations have been tense since the United Nations passed a fourth round of sanctions in June, fortified by additional measures passed by the United States, Asian and European nations. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said this month Iran has since refused access and information to inspectors about its nuclear program.
Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but Western officials have said it is moving closer toward "nuclear weapons capability."
Politics is driving international pressure and criticism of Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad said.
"Iran's nuclear case is a political case," he said. "Otherwise, why would it be essential for the details of our nuclear program be made available to the media?"
Everything the Islamic republic is doing is legal, the president said, adding, "We always stand behind the law."
In his address to the General Assembly as part of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Summit, Ahmadinejad called on world powers to abandon their undemocratic decisions, reported Press TV, Iran's government-backed broadcaster.
"Those who only seek their own interests into consideration will never be able to bring justice and prosperity to the world," he said.
The millennium's first decade was named the decade of peace, but "unfortunately, it was full of war, occupation, massacre and poverty," Ahmadinejad said.
The Millennium Development Goals are eight global anti-poverty initiatives.