April 26, 2006

Iran will harm US interests if attacked: leader

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will harm U.S. interests anywhere
in the world if the United States launches an attack on the
Islamic Republic, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on

"The Americans should know that if they assault Iran their
interests will be harmed anywhere in the world that is
possible," he was quoted as saying by a state television

"The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double
the intensity," the leader added.

Iran has been referred to the U.N. Security Council for
possible action over its nuclear program, which Western
countries say is a smokescreen for building an atomic bomb.
Tehran denies the charge.

The United States has said it wants a diplomatic solution
to the stand-off, but has not ruled out a military strike.