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Will 'retaliate' any foreign attack, vows Iran

world Updated: Sep 28, 2012 13:07 IST

Iran on Thursday vowed to "retaliate" against any attack after Israel's prime minister called for a "red line" to prevent the Islamic republic from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Denying any nuclear military program, Iran's deputy UN ambassador said his country "is strong enough to defend itself and reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against any attack."

The envoy, Eshagh al-Habib, called Israel a "regime which is based on terrorism and is the father founder of state terrorism in the world," in comments distributed before they were read out at the UN General Assembly.

Al-Habib accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of making "baseless allegations" against Iran during a firebrand speech to the assembly earlier in the day.

Netanyahu called for "a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program" in his speech to the 193-member assembly.

"The red line must be drawn on Iran's nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target," he said in a speech that accused Iran of backing terrorism around the world.

Habib said that Netanyahu had "shamelessly and hypocritically" made the accusations against Iran, adding that Israel is a non-declared nuclear power.

The Iranian envoy also accused Israel of organizing operations in Iran, which led to the murder of several nuclear scientists.

"The international community should live up to its responsibility and exert pressure on this regime to end all this irresponsible behavior in a volatile region such as the Middle East," Habib said.