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Iran Calls Israeli Military Threat 'Childish'

Source: Radio Free Europe

22 January 2006 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi has called Israeli military threats "childish behavior" and warned that any military action against Iran would have "severe consequences."

The comment came one day after Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said his country was prepared to take military action to stop Iran's controversial nuclear program.

Assefi also denounced a forthcoming emergency meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as "political."

The meeting, to be held on 2 February, was called by Britain, France, and Germany.

Assefi added that Tehran is not worried that the crisis over its disputed atomic program might end up at the Security Council.

Assefi also denied reports that Iran had transferred any money from its foreign accounts.

Earlier, the governor of Iran's central bank, Ebrahim Sheibani, said it would be advantageous to Iran to begin to pull out its foreign reserves from European banks.

(Compiled from reports by AFP, dpa and Reuters)

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