Iran Claims Right to Bush Doctrine: Preemptive Strike Against the U.S. or Israel

Iran Dismisses Rumsfeld’s Missile Claims

24 August 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Iran is dismissing allegations by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that it is working to develop missiles capable of reaching the United States. Meanwhile tension remains high between Iran and Israel. Last week, Iran warned it would preemptively attack Israel or US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear sites. Iran says its nuclear activity is solely for peaceful purposes. Iran’s Defense Minister said last week that the U.S. is not the only country that can claim the right to carry out preemptive attacks. Meanwhile prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz has called for international law to be changed to allow Israel or the U.S. to preemptively strike Iran to stop its nuclear program if needed.

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