Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, laugh with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales holds his hand during the inauguration of Rafael Correa as new president of Ecuador in Quito, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed back over the U.S. military buildup in the Gulf, saying Thursday that
Iran is ready for any possibility in the standoff over its nuclear program.
The president made clear he was not backing down in his tough rhetoric toward the United States, despite criticism at home. Conservatives and reformists alike have openly challenged Ahmadinejad’s nuclear diplomacy tactics, many saying his fiery anti-Western remarks are doing more harm than good.
Ahmadinejad said their calls for compromise echo “the words of the enemy.”
At the same time, Ahmadinejad’s top national security official, Ali Larijani, sharply denounced U.S. policy in
Iraq, saying Washington is fueling Shiite-Sunni hatred.
And the United States position:
The Iranians are “overplaying their hand” on the world stage in a belief that setbacks in Iraq have weakened the United States, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
He said that now is not the time to negotiate with Iran because the U.S. lacks leverage but that talks probably would make sense at some point.
The U.S. has been applying growing pressure on Iran, blaming Tehran for providing bombs and other help used against American troops by militants in Iraq.
President Bush has warned the U.S. will “seek out and destroy” the networks providing that help.
In addition, American raids inside Iraq have netted Iranian prisoners, and the U.S. is sending a second aircraft carrier and missiles to the region.
Actions speak louder than words……
Tick Tock Tick Tock
The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” is imminent.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.