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February 16th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Ahmadinejad has warning for U.S.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his comments in a televised news conference Tuesday."]

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the United States and other nations Tuesday not to impose tougher sanctions in reaction to the Islamic country's nuclear ambitions.

Iran already faces U.N. sanctions and the five permanent Security Council members - the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France, all of which have veto power - have been engaged along with Germany in discussions about possible further measures.

"It's high time for some people to open their eyes and adapt themselves to real changes that are under way," Ahmadinejad said at a news conference in Tehran.

Asked specifically about the threat of tougher sanctions, the Iranian president said, "We prefer that they move in the spirit of cooperation. It won't put us in trouble. They themselves will get into trouble."

Ahmadinejad also seemed to threaten unspecified retaliation, saying Iran won't act like it has in the past.

Ahmadinejad's comments came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal expressed concern over Iran's nuclear program.

"Definitely, we will show a reaction that will put them to shame, like always," he said. FULL STORY

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Wes

    I would remind Michael in AL that we already have term limits and alway have had since our founding. It's called the ballot box. Once the populace loses confidence in their elected offical they lose the election. Talk about simple term limits, there you have it. No hundreds of pages of legislation designed to favor one side or the other. But you got to get involved and excercise your right and privilege by stopping by the voting booth on election day.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  2. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I would tell the ruling party in Iran that if they do not stop enriching uranium that we will use tactical nuclear bombs and blow them away.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  3. Johnny Bush

    Although I cleary understand the potential dangers of a nucler armed Iran who will impose sanctions on the larger power blocs of the world for psychologically agitating the smaller crazy kid on the bloc with the socially unacceptable weapons of mass destruction -the split personality of hypocrisy fueled by a overpowering guilty conscience.

    February 17, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  4. ronvan

    Isn't it amazing that 1 guy can hold the world at bay? His people cannot take him out, WE, don't do things like that, and some think he is OK! In the end he will destroy his entire country as "someone" is going to get fed up and strike.

    February 17, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  5. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    Is this a new trend for dignitaries? U.N. sanctions and the five permanent Security Council members – the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France have to enforce them for a reason. I guess that a prior reaction has to be created before they show a reaction that he says will put us to shame. What is wrong with this dignitaries and their power?

    February 17, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    While Iran has covertly been working to setup Missile sites on the Red Sea choke point at Yemen, while it pours more resources into the Persian gulf choke point at the Strait near Iran, the US Navy has been countering each and every maneuver with placing its Aegis class guided missile destroyers in the gulf at each of those choke points and adding advanced Patriot Missile battery's in Saudi Arabia.

    The Iranian forces could undoubtedly temporarily close access to the Persian Gulf with a sudden strike on a Saudi bound supertanker, however that would be the extent of its success which would cause the wraith of nations around the world that depend on the Persian Gulf running supertankers 24/7, including China.

    In short Ahmadinejad, despite all of your bluster and verbiage, you are in a box and there is nothing substantial you can do about it. If you lash out, it would be a miracle if you remain in office along with a great many of the fire-brand Muslim Clerics, Ayatollahs, Mullahs and Immans in Iran.

    February 17, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  7. Michael in Alabama

    Why can't all elected officals have term limits like the PRESIDENT ?? Who knows it just may STOP the NONE SINCE in Washington D.C. !!! After 8 years give someone new a chance & dont stay 20-40 years like some do you know who they are too, That is whats wrong with the U.S.

    February 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  8. Apelgear

    Blah, blah, blah. If you want an answer as to what the Iranian President is going to do, then you first have to ask the highest ranking cleric in the Shiite dominant country his opinion of what should happen. In other words, the President of Iran is the most visible hand puppet in the World Leader market. He will not do a thing without permission, or risk being expelled for heresy.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  9. mike-sey

    Oh my, oh my, there's something like a military-industrial complex in Iran. I guess the US has a monopoly on that. And now the US is authorizing billions for two nuclear plants in Georgia – another US monopoly ? Will they be open to Iranian and other international inspectors?

    Ms. Clinton is nothing but a pot calling the kettle black.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  10. renomondavi2000

    I have a feeling this guy is going to end up like Saddam

    February 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm |