Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Retaliate if Attacked

WASHINGTON — Capping a week of appearances in New York, including a speech at theUnited Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that an Israeli strike against Iran would not fundamentally affect the country.

“Iran is a vast country. It’s a great country. Let’s assume a few terrorists come and assassinate some of our officials. Will the country be damaged? No. A couple of bombs will be set to explode. Will the country be destroyed? No,” he said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. “We see the Zionist regime at the same level of the bombers and criminals and the terrorists. And even if they do something … it will not affect us fundamentally.”

Ahmadinejad also said Iran would retaliate if it was attacked. “Iranians never start a war unprovoked,” he said. “If they are attacked, they defend themselves quite well.”