Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
admitted in an interview Tuesday that there was "a chance" of a strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities.
"We cannot ignore the possibility that there is a chance of a strike against Iran,"
he said in an interview given to an international television station, which broadcasts in Farsi for audiences in the Americas.
This was the first statement by the Iranian president that indicated any change in Tehran's position towards the West's threat of a military campaign against its nuclear program.
Iran has been adamant that both Israel
and the US were essentially "bluffing" and threatened to obliterate
Israel, strike US carriers in the Persian Gulf
and close the Strait of Hormuz
in the event of a strike.
"We have never started a war,
but we will retaliate if we are attacked and our response will be crushing," Ahmadinejad said.
"All the rational people in the world know that it would be a suicide for Israel to attack Iran," he concluded.
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