Iran hardly needs a nuclear bomb to stand up to the United States, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, ahead of a critical International Atomic Energy Agency report that is expected to say his country has mastered nuclear weapons capabilities.
The report says there is no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb, but its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known, Western diplomats who were briefed on the report told CNN.
Ahmadinejad attacked the United States and its allies for the allegations against Iran and warned that Washington would face a "crushing response" if it stood up against the Iranian people, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Tuesday.
Washington and its allies measure their progress and development in the destruction of other countries' infrastructure, Ahmadinejad said.
The nations that have already produced and stockpiled nuclear weapons, he said, are the ones who pose a danger to the world, not Iran.
He said Iran can achieve its objectives "through cultural and logical methodology," and didn't need a bomb to challenge Western ways, IRNA said.
The IAEA report, expected out this week, will contain the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, the diplomats told CNN.FULL STORY