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Exiled Iranian leader urges Israel not to attack

Ahmadinejad boasts of economic strength

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11 Apr 2012 (All day)
Exiled Iranian leader urges Israel not to attack

Prince Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of the late Iranian leader, Shah Reza Pahlavi, told Israel’s Channel 10 TV in an interview aired Monday that a military attack on the Islamic Republic’s renegade nuclear program would help the regime in Teheran more than hurt it, but Israel could help topple that regime and usher in a better future for both countries by assisting the domestic opposition. "The best thing you can do for the regime is to tell that 'we are going to attack you,' or in fact attack you," he said. "You will be giving Khamenei and all his clique, when they have no answers anymore to the country's ills, the greatest gift of all by doing that. That is just crazy. That just doesn't make sense. The best option is to utilise the best army in the world in place ready to strike, which is the Iranian people themselves. And if you don't help that, God help us all."

Meanwhile, in a move possibly meant to send a signal ahead of negotiations planned for this weekend between Iran and the P5+1 nuclear powers (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) Teheran has completely cut all oil exports to Greece and Spain, preempting EU sanctions by more than two months. Further cuts in exports to EU countries are reportedly being considered. Elsewhere, Japanese trading houses announced on Tuesday that they will sharply reduce imports of Iranian crude by the end of April, with Chinese traders also showing rising apprehension.

“Iranian crude currently is a rather sensitive subject," Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemicals Chief Financial Officer Ye Guohua told reporters at an earnings briefing. "This year we will continue to be cautious about Iranian crude imports."

“We have enough foreign currency so that, even if one barrel of oil is not sold for two or even three years, the country will be managed well and the enemies will not see their wishes (come true)," railed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a speech Tuesday. "Whoever wants to violate the rights of the Iranian nation will be dealt a blow to the mouth so bad they will forget the path to their homes."

His words were almost immediately refuted by economic analysts, who declared flatly that they were simply incorrect and that Iran’s already difficult economic situation would sharply deteriorate if oil exports continued to decline.


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