Iranian missiles being tested during exercises in November 2006 (Fars)
February 8, 2007 -- The White House says it has no intention of going to war with Iran.
A spokesman for the White House National Security Council, Gordon Johndroe, dismissed statements earlier today from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said his country would target U.S. interests around the world if it came under attack over its disputed nuclear program.
Khamenei's statement came as Iran test-fired a land-to-sea missile with a 350-kilometer range. Iran's Revolutionary Guards unit said the missiles were capable of sinking warships off Iran's coast.
Johndroe said Khamenei "often makes these unprovoked statements." He said U.S. President George W. Bush "has made it clear we have no intention of going to war with Iran."
Bush's chief spokesman, Tony Snow, said later no invasion is being contemplated.
"We are not invading Iran," Snow said
Iran is locked in a standoff with the international community over its nuclear program, which Tehran denies is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.
(AFP, AP, Reuters)