Iran Prez: Go Ahead Make My Day

We're ready for a US attack, warns Ahmadinejad
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2007 2:38 PM CST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greets journalists.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday warned that his nation is fully prepared to respond if attacked, but downplayed the possibility of a war with the US. "We have made all preparations, and if there is any suspicion, then we are ready," he said during a visit to Bahrain. Ahmadinejad earlier characterized the US military as "shabby."

But he insisted "we never want any war in this region," and that he doesn't expect a battle. Indications have increased recently that Washington may be preparing an attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear capabilities. "We do not feel there is a crisis in this region, or do countries in the region," said Ahmadinejad. "The crisis is in Washington."