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Iranian FM: US threats only a psychological warfare

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi termed as mere psychological warfare some recent threats by American officials to attack Iran.

Talking to IRNA correspondent in Uganda's capital of Kampala Wednesday, he pointed out that the US secretary of defense, too, has rejected the remarks.

He said the enemies are trying to get Iran trapped in a psychological game to influence it, ignorant of the fact that Iran is experienced enough to know the tricks of its enemies.

Kharrazi reiterated that Iran will go on with its own policies and, though trying to avoid any kinds of conflict, will defend its interests vigorously.

Stressing that Iran will respond to any US threats, he said Tehran was never scared by such remarks.

The Iranian foreign minister also said that the Iranian nation will never hesitate to defend its interests.

Commenting on President Mohammad Khatami's seven-nation African tour, he pointed to the interests the nations of these countries showed in Iran and believed this was due to the revolutionary position of Iran and the aid Tehran has rendered to African countries to fight their own poverty and backwardness.

He further said that Iran shared views with many African states on various international issues including fighting unilateralism and also the urgency of supporting poor countries to compensate for the backwardness brought to them by the colonialist countries.

Kharrazi described as expanding economic, technical and cultural ties between Iran and African states and voiced Iran's readiness to export technological know-how to African countries.

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