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Iran rules out probable Israeli attack on Bushehr plant

Tehran, July 11, IRNA -- Iran expressly ruled out Sunday a possible air strike by Israel on the country's nuclear power plant in southern Bushehr, which Tehran is building with the help of Russia.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters that the story to this effect had been 'invented by elements of the (Israeli) regime for propaganda'.

"No country in the world is in a position to militarily attack Iran," he said, adding neither is there any sign to indicate that Tel Aviv is considering to attack the plant.

Iran has sternly warned Israel against attacking the country's nuclear facilities, which Tehran says are oriented towards electricity generation.

Iranian officials say the Israelis are pointing the finger at Iran in an attempt to divert attention from Israel's nuclear weapons program.

International experts believe the regime has 100-200 warheads, based on estimates of the quantity of plutonium that has been produced at its Dimona desert reactor.

Senior Iranian officials blasted the world nuclear watchdog's head for letting Israeli authorities sidetrack the regime's atomic arsenal which makes Tel Aviv the biggest nuclear power in the region.

Israeli officials, instead, concentrated on the Iranian nuclear program during the International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei's visit to Israel which ended Thursday.

During the visit, the Israeli regime stuck to its 'no show, no tell' policy and continued to refuse to admit it has nuclear weapons.

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