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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

AP: Iran makes military threats

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer -- Tuesday, 1 hour, 46 minutes ago

TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that Iran would "cut off the hand of any aggressor" and insisted Tuesday the country's military must be prepared amid escalating tensions with the international community over its disputed nuclear program.

Accompanied by Iran's army commanders, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, reviews army weapons,  during a parade ceremony commemorating Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 18, 2006. Ahmadinejad warned on Tuesday Iran would 'cut the hand of any aggressor' and insisted the country's military had to be ready with the most modern technology. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)Accompanied by Iran's army commanders, right, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, reviews army weapons,  during a parade ceremony commemorating Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 18, 2006.  (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The defiant stance came hours before a meeting in Moscow of senior diplomats from the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany to discuss the issue and less than two weeks before a council deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment.

"Today, you are among the world's most powerful armies because you rely on God," Ahmadinejad declared at a parade to commemorate Army Day.

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