TEHRAN (AFP) - Top Iranian cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warned the United States not to seek confrontation with Tehran over its nuclear program and to learn from the war in Lebanon.
"We expect America to have learned enough (from the Israel-Hezbollah war) not to enter another game and upset the security of the region," Rafsanjani said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.
The former president said the United States would be wise to try and resolve its nuclear standoff with Iran through negotiations.
Washington said Thursday it will move quickly for UN Security Council action on sanctions against Iran if Tehran refuses to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment work by August 31, as demanded by a UN resolution.
The United States and other Western countries suspect that Iran is enriching uranium to use in nuclear weapons. Iran insists the program is to make fuel for civilian reactors.
The US administration has never ruled out military option against Iran to resolve the standoff.
Iran has said it will reply by August 22 to a package of incentives offered by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany to halt its uranium enrichment program.
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So once again we have been warned by one of Iran’s top clerics not to pursue in our efforts to halt the enrichment of uranium, which most of the world believes is just a cover for a nuclear weapons program.
It is my belief that Iran directed Hezbollah to take such actions against Israel as a way to distract the world from its enrichment program, which the United Nations has called a stop to.
The President of Iran has repeatedly said that, “Israel must be wiped off the map,” and that the Holocaust is just a big lie.
He has also said that if the rest of the world, mainly Europe and the US, believe that the Holocaust happened, than it should be us who gives land to the Jews and make a state of Israel in Europe.
He has made the case that while a nuclear strike against Iran would kill millions it would not destroy the country, however a nuclear strike against Israel would wipe out the whole country.
We can not allow this crazy savage to wield or posses a nuclear weapon, I have no doubt that given the chance he would more than happily hand over a nuke to Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization.
If Iran attacked US troops in Iraq using missiles or anything of that nature, it would be the biggest mistake since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thinks that we will back down, but if he attacked us he must be ready for the fight of his life, because our military force could crush that backwards ass country.
If he keeps pressing on the nuclear issue, he is going to get a chance to see close up the awesome power of the Untied States military and the best trained troops in the world.
I do not believe that Iran will come to its senses and I also believe that the United Nation will take no forceful action that is in any way meaningful.