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Ahmadinejad speaking with reporters in Jarkarta today (epa)
May 12, 2006 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says his country is not afraid of possible U.S. military action over its nuclear program.
But the Iranian leader said he thought any such strikes are very unlikely.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks on May 12 in Jakarta in a dialogue with Indonesian Islamic leaders.
Ahmadinejad accused the United States of waging a propaganda campaign against Iran, but said Iran and its people are not afraid.
The United States accuses Iran of using its civilian nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons. Iran strongly denies this, saying its nuclear program is solely for generating electricity.
PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT: On May 8, the Iranian government announced that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush. The letter was the first direct communication between leaders of the two countries since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. RFE/RL has posted the English version of Ahmadinejad's letter that was posted on the Iranian president's website.
"The people will scrutinize our presidencies," AHMADINEJAD wrote. "Did we manage to bring peace, security, and prosperity to our people or insecurity and unemployment? Did we intend to establish justice, or just support special-interest groups and -- by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship -- make a few people rich and powerful, -- thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty for [that of those few]? Did we bring the world peace and security or did we raise the specter of intimidation and threats?"...(more)
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