TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The United States is incapable of inflicting “serious damage” on Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.
“US rhetoric against Iran has not increased,” Ahmadinejad said during an interview with Iran’s state-run television, adding, “In 2003, they openly threatened to attack Iran. Now they have indirectly made such threats.”
Meantime, the president mentioned that Washington had not stepped up its campaign against Tehran, and said he did not expect a US attack on Iran because there were plenty of “wise people” in the United States who would not let it happen.
Iran and the United States are at loggerheads over Tehran’s nuclear program and over Iraq. Washington alleges that it wants to solve the nuclear standoff by diplomacy but has not ruled out strikes if that fails.
“They are not in a position to carry out that measure although they may like to … because there are many wise people in America who will not let this happen,” Ahmadinejad continued.
The United States has sent a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, a move analysts interpreted as a warning to Iran. US officials say the step was taken to increase operational flexibility and to provide deterrence in the region.
Ahmadinejad, who has said an attack is a US “dream,” said President George W. Bush wanted to cause trouble to help solve his own difficulties.
“Mr. Bush is interested in making a rumpus in order to save himself, but the conditions do not let him,” he said.