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Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks during a meeting with a group of war veterans in Tehran on July 16, 2013.

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks during a meeting with a group of war veterans in Tehran on July 16, 2013.

Iran's President-elect Hassan Rohani has scoffed at Israeli saber rattling, saying Tel Aviv is in no position to act on its war threats against Tehran. Addressing a gathering of war veterans on Tuesday in Tehran, Rohani said when it comes to Iran, the notion of all options being on the table is ridiculous. The enemy is well aware that in case of a military action, Iran will stand up, more forcefully and bolder than its adversaries, he stressed. Rohani made the remarks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated war threats against the Islamic Republic on Sunday, and urged world leaders to intensify sanctions against Iran. Speaking on CBS News's Face the Nation, Netanyahu said Tehran is edging toward Israel’s “Red Line,” and threatened that Israel would unilaterally take a military action if Tehran does not give in to pressure. “We’re closer than the United States. We're more vulnerable. And therefore, we'll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does," he said. On September 2, 2012, the hawkish Israeli leader called on the international community to set a “clear red line” for Iran over its nuclear energy program. The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened to take military action against Iran in order to force the Islamic Republic to halt its uranium enrichment program, which Washington and Tel Aviv claim includes a military component. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production. Hassan Rohani won an outright victory in Iran's June 14 presidential election, which was marked by a high voter turnout. He is expected to succeed outgoing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's president on August 3. MRS/AS
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