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Chavez warns US against attack on Iran

Madrid, April 16, IRNA - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday warned the US that if it attacks Iran, the cornerstones of its empire all over the world will collapse.

He made the statement at a live radio and television program titled `Hello, Mr. President' on Sunday after attending the inaugural ceremony of four dairy and plastic production plants commissioned in Venezuela with Iran's cooperation.

Chavez said that the Americans had better forget about their plans, given that such an attack will be a grave wrong-doing and will have disastrous consequences for the US.

Underlining that the US officials should make distinction between use of nuclear energy by Iran for peaceful purposes and production of atomic bomb, he said that the Americans should not impose their rules and will on the world.

Turning to annihilation of the two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US during World War II, he said that bombardment of these two cities by nuclear bombs left hundreds of thousands of casualties.

He pointed to the US as the only world country which has developed atomic bombs and used it against nations.

Chavez once more defended the progress of Iran's nuclear programs for peaceful purposes and called on the US administration to respect the Iranians' right to access nuclear energy.

"The US threats and charges against Iran is part of the pressure policy being applied ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

"The US launched Iran-Iraq war, made plots against Iran and strengthened terrorists. But Iranians had the potential to thwart all these threats and conspiracies. This is why the US continues its threats," he added.

The Venezuelan president called on the US government to respect the Iranian nation and other nations as well as respect their independence and international rights.

The live radio and television program marking the inauguration of a dairy plant, which was commissioned in Venezuelan Zulia province, with cooperation of Iran, was attended by Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales and Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela Abdollah Zifan.

... Payvand News - 4/16/07 ... --

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