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Iran doesn't fear US: Ahmadinejad

Reporter: Tom Iggulden

Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad says he has no fear of the US, but warned Iran would severely
punish any country that launched an attack on its soil.

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TONY JONES: Iran and the United States both insisted today that they have no plans to attack each
other. They both also reserved the right to defend themselves against attacks from the other side.
On a rare appearance on American morning television, Iran's President said he had no fear of the US
but warned Iran would severely punish any country that launched an attack on its soil. Tom Iggulden
has the story.

TOM IGGULDEN: Iran's populist President appeared on American network television today, amid fresh
allegations that Iran is funneling weapons and personnel into Iraq to fight American troops. Still
wearing his signature beige jacket that's become known in diplomatic circles as the
Ahmadinnerjacket, President Ahmadinejad said pictures said to be Iranian weapons found in Iraq made
public yesterday proved nothing.

MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD, IRANIAN PRESIDENT (TRANSLATION): The fact that you're showing us some pieces
of papers and you call them documents, they do not solve any problem. There should be a court to
prove the case.

TOM IGGULDEN: The President said America was blaming others for failing in Iraq and if it wanted
peace there, it and its allies should leave. Then came the big question.

INTERVIEWER: Do you personally fear an invasion or an attack by the US, air strikes by the United
States against Iran?

MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD, IRANIAN PRESIDENT (TRANSLATION): Us? Fear? Why should we be afraid? First, the
possibility is very low and we think that there are wise people in the US who will stop such
illegal actions. But our position is clear that anyone who wants to attack our country will be
severely punished.

TOM IGGULDEN: In reply, President Bush appeared on a cable TV channel, praising the decency of the
Iranian people.

GEORGE W. BUSH, US PRESIDENT: They've got a government that is belligerent, loud, noisy,
threatening, a government which is in defiance of the rest of the world and says, "We want a
nuclear weapon," so our objective is to continue to keep the pressure in hopes that rational folks
will say, "It's not worth it, it's not worth the isolation".

TOM IGGULDEN: While the President talked up diplomacy, his administration continued with its hard
line on dealing with what it calls Iran's networks operating in Iraq against American forces.

SEAN MCCORMACK, US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: As for the consequences, well, the consequences are
that these networks are going to be broken up, they're going to be hunted down and we're going to
do everything in our power inside Iraq to stop these activities.

TOM IGGULDEN: President Bush and his administration continue to say they have no intention of
launching military action against nuclear facilities inside Iran. The man charged with the
responsibility of stopping global nuclear proliferation, for one, is hoping things will stay that
way.

MOHAMED EL-BARADEI, INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY: You cannot bomb knowledge, as I said
before. I think it's also would be completely counterproductive, in my view, because if you bomb
any facilities in Iran, I think, that will create opposite attraction, all the Iranians will get
together and make the development of a nuclear weapon program a national priority.

TOM IGGULDEN: President Bush says the only talk of his administration attacking Iran comes from his
Democrat opponents in an attempt to whip up fear.

(c) 2007 ABC