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Iranian cleric dismisses Western media allegations on threats against Israel

Tehran, Aug 16, IRNA-Iran's Friday Prayer substitute leader Ahmad Khatami dismissed on Wednesday recent anti-Israeli remarks attributed to him by certain Western media.

Khatami, who has no relation to former president Mohammad Khatami, was recently quoted by some Western media as saying "Iran will attack Israel if it launches any attack on the country." The cleric, who is also a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts, described the allegations as "inaccurate and wrong," but admitted advising US President George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to learn lessons from recent events in Lebanon and stop hurling threats on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"You have failed to confront Hezbollah's 70-km-range missiles so how can you threaten a great nation such as Iran which has more brave forces and Shahab missiles to defend itself?" Khatami asked the two heads of state.

Referring to his comments as mere "advices," Khatami said that he was talking "as a religious figure" while the last word on issues affecting Iran's defense was with the high-ranking authorities of the country.

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