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Iran threatens to nuke Australia
    #2996520 - 08/12/04 06:42 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Rohani Says Australia a Terror Risk

August 12, 2004

Australia had made itself a terrorist target by joining the war on Iraq, Iranian nuclear chief Hassan Rowhani said.

Visiting Australia for talks with Prime Minister John Howard and other senior government figures, Mr Rowhani said all groups involved in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq were more at risk of terror attacks.

"All the groups that now are involving in terrorist acts in Iraq seem to take all the groups that are participating and helping with the occupying forces as the targets of the attacks," Mr Rowhani, the secretary of Iran's National Security Council, told reporters when asked if Australia was more at risk since the war.

"Al-Qaeda have declared all the countries that are participating in the Iraqi occupation as their targets."

In Canberra to lobby for Tehran to be allowed to continue its nuclear program, Mr Rowhani said Iran tested a ballistic missile to strengthen its defence in the face of threats by Israel.

He said his country's nuclear program was aimed solely at generating electricity and not at building nuclear weapons.

Tehran has tested a Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile and defence experts said the weapon could reach Israel or US bases in the Gulf.

"Iran has been threatened by some Israeli officials. It's very natural that when our country is being threatened by a foreign country we have to prepare ourselves," he said.

"But Iran is totally opposed to weapons of mass destruction. The accusations and allegations raised by some of the countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran - all of them are totally baseless and unfounded."

He said Iran did not feel threatened by the United States.

"I think the experience of Iraq would be sufficient for the Americans for years to come not to think of invasion against any other country," he said.


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