Following are excerpts
from an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki,
which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 8, 2010. The interview was held in English.
In our opinion, under the present circumstances, the Zionist regime
will not be able to start another aggression, but they try to do so,
every so often, because it is in their nature. We are facing a mad people,
which is ruled by madmen. Therefore, all the peoples in the region –
Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinians – should always be prepared for
any crazy action against them.
As far as Iran is concerned,
we see no possibility that the [Israeli] regime will do anything against
us, because they know what Iran's response will be.
your view, is Iran prepared for any scenario and any military strike
Practically speaking, we do not think there is any possibility of any
new danger or threat, if you are referring to threats of military operations
against us. We do not think that this is a viable option. I have already
told you about the condition of the Zionist regime. The second possibility
is that aggression will come from the US, which during the Bush administration,
tried twice – in Afghanistan and in Iraq... But the US was unable
to achieve its declared goals – neither in Iraq, nor in Afghanistan.
to Iran – how will it respond, if Israel in fact deals a military
blow to its nuclear installations?
Iran is definitely always ready to defend itself, but we do not think
there is a possibility [that Israel will attack]. We would like to make
it clear to our neighbors in the region that nobody can do anything
is your response to the recent declarations by Israeli Foreign Minister
[Avigdor] Lieberman, who attacked and threatened Syria outright? How
will Iran respond if Israel strikes a military blow against Syria?
We condemn such war-mongering declarations by the Zionist regime. There
is no doubt that Iran will stand alongside all its Arab brothers, in
the event that they face any problem or aggression.