Iran threatened on Wednesday it would harm American interests anywhere in the world if the United States launches an attack on the Islamic Republic. The remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were reported by state television.
"The Americans should know that if they attack Iran their interests will be harmed anywhere in the world that is possible," Khamenei was quoted as saying by a television announcer. "The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity," he added.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it was the country's right to develop nuclear technologies. "Access to nuclear technology is a right of the Iranian nation," he said, according to IRNA.
"We have worked to obtain nuclear knowhow by ourselves. No one gave it to us so that we can say we have now received it. States which have opposed Iran's nuclear program accept this as a fact but want to obtain concessions from Iran through a psychological war," the president concluded.