Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tuesday Iran will "cut the hand of any aggressor" that threatens it, and insisted that Iran's military has to be equipped with the most modern technology.
The president made the comments amid an escalating tension between Iran and the international community over Tehran's suspected nuclear activities.
The United States and some of its allies have accused Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to produce nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is geared toward generating electricity.
The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran cease enrichment work by a deadline of April 28. Ahmadinejad is adamant Tehran will press forward. Read more.
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Here's what people in the news are saying:
"Today, you are among the world's most powerful armies because you rely on God." — President Ahmadinejad
"A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority." — Dan Gillerman, Israel's U.N. Ambassador
"We are convinced that neither sanctions nor the use of force will lead to the solution of the problem." — Mikhail Kamynin, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman
"One of the ways to prevent a war is to be prepared for it. But Iran will do everything possible to avoid any war in the region. We hope the Iranian question will be resolved through negotiations." — Gholamreza Ansari, Iran's ambassador to Russia
Here's what FOX Fans are saying!
"If nothing else this is a true test of the effectiveness of the U.N. Security Council." — April (Illinois)
“I personally am quite worried that the Bush administration has fought the wrong war and wasted far too many lives and resources on Iraq when we should’ve dealt with Iran. Now look at the mess we are in. Iraq is a quagmire and Iran is a time bomb. Thanks George.” — Paul (Atlanta, GA)
"I have absolutely no respect for the country of Iran. They are nothing more than terrorists. For that reason, Iran should not be recognized as a sovereign nation. Their leaders are supposedly religious leaders, but fail to practice an ounce of decency. They are all hypocrites and corrupt. They are more than aware of America's ability to completely level their country." — Sam (Memphis, TN)
"I think that Iran and North Korea should heed the advice that if the atom where to leave its border that they will pay dearly. All the saber rattling is not getting them anywhere, isolate them and be vigilant." — Richard
"We are the only superpower in the world. As long as that is the case, the minor nations of the world will continue to make jabs at us. These threats and attacks will never stop, regardless of how much we threaten, bomb or beat those who attempt to attack us. This is basic human nature; the little guy does not like the big bully of the world. So, he retaliates in the only way he can." — Brad
"I think the Iranian government is run by the same Islamic fundamentalist as the terrorist, but I don’t think we should get into a war with them. Let someone else take care of the problem, it’s not a threat to us yet." — Glenn
"The Iranian nuclear threat to Israel must be taken very seriously. If Israel is attacked, they will have no choice but to retaliate. When they retaliate, the major world powers (U.S., Russia, China, Europe) will not be able to avoid taking sides in the Middle Eastern conflict." — Kay
"Not much. Iran could not defeat Iraq in ten years." — Bill (Amarillo, TX)
"Iran is pushing for war. The statements coming from them don't leave any room for diplomacy. Their president said Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth. Listen to what Hitler was saying before WWII — there seems to be a lot of similarities there. Are we going to make the same mistakes again and wait until millions die to act? I really hope that the Palestinian people understand that they will be killed along with the Israelis, and that Ahmadinejad couldn't care less about them. We should destroy their military and nuke program now before Israel and Palestine are both turned into uninhabitable wastelands." — John (Maryland)
"Iran has been in a state of war with us since this party of fanatics took over our embassy and the country, after ousting the American-friendly regime, in the late 1970s. They have supported suicide bombers and the downfall of Israel openly for decades, and now they're simply being overt about how much they want to go toe-to-toe with us. If it wasn't for them and Syria, we would have Iraq shored up much better by now and would be preparing to leave. I say we take our troops out of Iraq, and send them east into Iran. No huge mobilization required — we're already there." — Aaron (Auburn, WA)
"The country that threatens to wipe Israel off the map now warns others not to threaten it. This is the same kind of wacko logic that accompanied the takeover of the American Embassy in 1979. There is no doubt that Ahmadinejad's threats should be taken seriously. Much of the violence committed against Israel already comes from Iran. And they firmly believe that Allah is behind them all the way. Think of the consequences of all-out war in the Middle East. The United States and Russia will become involved quickly and it will be hard to stop its spread." — Richard (Orlando, FL)
"This is one situation that should be approached with the mentality of 'better safe than sorry.' I hope Russia is right in saying that there has to be a diplomatic way to solve this problem. Let's hope they will stop the enrichment." — Staci (St. Louis, MO)
"Appeasement did not work in WWII and it will not work today. An outspoken madman, who hates Israel and the U.S., is touting his nuclear program threatening to destroy all who oppose it. That is a danger that we cannot live with in today's world. The U.N. will do the usual tap dance around doing anything harsh or decisive. The only hope we have is to continue electing strong presidents who will do what is best for America." — Michelle (Jenison, MI)
"In 1976, we turned a deaf ear to a rising situation in the Middle East. We failed to understand the gravity of the threat from extremists. We have continued to place our heads in the sand and expose our backsides to terrorism." — Donald
"Get rid of that so-called Iranian president and all of the mullahs that leech off of each other. All they are doing is spreading inhumanity, prejudice, sexism, and a completely warped sense of religion. To do all of these things in the 'name of God' is disgusting and embarrassing to true Muslims of the world. Let's introduce these 'leaders' to a B2 bomber and then see who will cut off whose hands." — S.R. (California)
"It's good that we consulted the international community to draw support. Now we should let Israel do their job. If they should need our assistance then we should intervene. This guy is a mad man who believes it is his religious duty to wipe Israel off the map. I'm sure that is just where he would begin. This is why the concern is now international. We have to stop pretending that "these" people are only kidding around. Ronald Regan would know how to handle this. We need to be strong or the next disaster may be worse than September 11th was." — Melissa
"Iran is only protecting themselves. The fool in the White House wants us to think that Iran wants to go to war and use nuclear weapons against Israel and us. If your neighbor has a bigger weapon than you will want one also. Well, Iran is surrounded by countries with nuclear weapons. It's time that this country learns that not all of the world leaders see things our way." — Tom