Iranian and Russian workers at the reactor core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran (file photo) (epa)
1 February, 2006 -- Iran's defense minister today warned that Iran will give an "extremely quick and destructive response" to any attack against the country's nuclear facilities.
Mustafa Mohammad Najjar made his remarks in Iran's southern province of Bushehr, where Iran's first nuclear reactor is being completed. He said protecting the atomic reactor in Bushehr is of "great importance" to Iran.
Najjar's remarks come as Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet members started a three-day visit to the southern province.
Ahmadinejad reiterated on 1 February that Iran has a right to have nuclear power and that the West will not sway Iran from its nuclear ambitions.
Hans Blix (CTK)
SECURITY GUARANTEES On January 26, RFE/RL Radio Farda correspondent Fatemeh Aman spoke with former UN chief weapons inspector HANS BLIX about the confrontation between Iran and the international community over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Blix urged the United States to participate in direct negotiations with Tehran and to offer Iran security guarantees that are similar to those being discussed with North Korea...(more)
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