Iran threatens again: Iran's Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Wednesday that the country and its allies could put Israel "in an eternal coma," like that of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, if Israel attempts to attack the Muslim republic.
"Israel does not have the courage to attack Iran, and if it commits such a big mistake, the defenders of Islamic Iran will put Israel in an eternal coma like Sharon," he said in a television appearance.
Najjar, who branded the United States and Israel as "the great and little Satan, who are using psychological war to intimidate Iran," was responding to recent statements by Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who said Israel may attack Iran if diplomatic measures to neutralize its nuclear armaments efforts fail.
"The state of Israel will not be able to accept Iranian armament, and must prepare to defend itself. The Iranian president's regime supports terror in the Middle East by providing terror organizations with rockets that threaten Israel, money and knowledge," Mofaz said at the Herzliya Conference Saturday.
Earlier Wednesday, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman said Iran's planned Holocaust conference was "proof of what a global threat Iran really is."
"I fear that the only reason Iran is showing so much interest in the Holocaust is because they may be preparing another Holocaust and it is up to the world and the United Nations to prevent that from happening," Gillerman said on the sidelines of the opening of the "No Child's Play" exhibit at the U.N. commemorating Holocaust remembrance week.
"Iran is proving yet again what an extreme, fundamentalist, lunatic regime it is," Gillerman said.
News agencies contributed to the report