In a speech at the conference of the Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries (D-8), in Malaysia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran would chop off the hands of attackers before they could attack.

He said that Iran attached no importance to threats or pressures, and that today no one would dare attack Iran's "sacred ground" and that only U.S. President Bush still had such an intention.

Ahmadinejad added that America's hegemony was collapsing and that plans should be made "for a future without the bullying powers"; that the current world order was not effective and was a reason for the disputes and crises in the world; that the West, headed by the U.S., aspired to bring back the era of slavery; and that the U.S. had reached an impasse, that its presence in the Middle East was untenable, and that it had to change its policy on international issues.

Moving on to Israel, he called its regime "illegitimate" and added that it would "disintegrate on its own." He continued, "Since the Zionists can no longer sustain themselves, they have been forced to draw attention away from their present situation by blaming Iran." He stressed that Iran had never waged war against any nation and did not intend to do so, adding that, added that Israel was no exception to this policy. "Iran has no plans to attack Israel," he said in response to a question about whether the Islamic Republic intended to destroy Israel and to wipe out the Jewish people. He said that Jews live amicably in Iran and are free to practice their religion there, and that although they are a small minority they have a representative in the Majlis.

He also said that the Islamic countries must institute a uniform Islamic currency in order to strengthen the status of the Muslims; that the international sanctions were a gift to the Iranian people because they helped Iran believe in itself and in its own independent abilities; and that despite the sanctions, Iran would soon launch its own satellite into space.

Source: IRNA, Press TV, Iran, July 8, 2008

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