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Iran warns of crushing response if US attacks

Iran has warned of a crushing response if its nuke and military facilities were attacked by the US or Israel.

world Updated: Jan 02, 2006 12:35 IST

Iran has warned of a "crushing" response if its nuclear and military facilities were attacked by the US or Israel.

Top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said on Sunday, however, that talks of such an attack most likely was "psychological warfare."

"Iran has prepared itself ... They will get a crushing response if they make such a mistake," Larijani said on state-run television late on Sunday night.

Larijani said Israel would "suffer greatly" if it launched an attack.

"If there is any truth in such talks, Israel will suffer greatly. It's a very small country within our range. Our (defence) preparedness is a deterrence," he said.

He also said a Russian proposal that the two nations enrich uranium in Russian territory could not ignore Iran's right to carry out enrichment at home.

"It's not logical for a country to put the fate of its nation at the disposal of another country even if it's a friend. You can meet part of your fuel needs from abroad. But is there a guarantee that nuclear fuel producers won't play with you over price or other things? History and experience show that if you don't have technology, you will damage your independence," he said.

Larijani's remarks coincided with Tehran's announcement that it had produced equipment for separating uranium from its ore, a fresh development in Tehran's drive to control the whole nuclear fuel cycle from mining uranium to enriching it for use in atomic reactors.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 08:54 IST