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8/22/04

Iran denies it may deliver preventive strike on aggressors

Beirut, Aug 22, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani has denied mass media reports saying his country might deliver a preventive strike on potential aggressors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.

Asefi quoted Shamkhani as saying, "Tehran will never allow anyone to invade Iran. If anyone is trying to attack us, we'll resist and defend the interests of our country."

According to Asefi, Shamkhani stressed that Iran is ready to defend its territorial integrity and its national interests.

On Friday, certain mass media, including American and Israeli ones, quoted the Iranian minister as saying, "Whether anyone threaten Iran's nuclear reactor in Bushehr, we can deliver a preventive strike."

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