Iran not giving arms to Iraqis: Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also warned that any attack on his country would be "severely punished".Updated: Feb 13, 2007, 18:54 IST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected the US charge that his country is supplying weapons to Shiite Iraqis and warned that any attack on his country would be "severely punished".
"I think that Americans have made a mistake in Iraq and unfortunately are losing, and this is a shame for Americans of course, and that's why they are trying to point their fingers to other people, and pointing fingers to others will not solve the problem," he told ABC Network.
"We would like to have the strengthening of Iraq and the stability of the Iraq government...
But we think that the US is following another policy trying to hide its defeats and failures and that's why is pointing its fingers to others. This is not a solution to the problem," he said.
Replying to questions, he said Iran is opposed to any conflict and also presence of foreign forces in Iraq.
"We are asking for peace, we are asking for security and we will be sad to see people killed," he asserted.
The Iranian president refused to address directly the United States accusation that the weapon made by Iran have killed Americans but said the Americans were trying to find a scapegoat.
"The United States has a long history of fabricating evidence. Such charges are unacceptable."
Told about Americans assertion that serial numbers linked weapons to Iran, Ahmadinejad said "I can give you figures and numbers, which are known: more than 160,000 American troops are in Iraq. What are they doing in Iraq?"
In an apparent reference to Iranians arrested by Americans in Iraq who Washington alleges were inciting insurgency, the Iranian President said it was "childish" for the United States to arrest defenceless people.
Iran, he said, was willing to provide "intellectual support" to the Iraqi government and to the Americans to help end the conflict in Iraq.
To a question about the possibility of a military strike by the United States, he said "anyone attacking Iran would be severely punished. But there are wise people in US who would stop such an illegal action."