Thursday, April 5, 2007

Iranian Speaker Says Musharraf Says Pakistan Won't Help US Attack Iran

The speaker of the Iranian Parliament spoke to the press while visiting Pakistan, where he received assurances from General President Musharraf, as reported by the Russian news service, RIA Novosti:

Iran ready to defend itself from possible U.S. attack - speaker
ISLAMABAD, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - Iran is prepared to defend itself should the United States attack it, the speaker of Iran's parliament said Thursday.

The last few days have seen reports in Russian and foreign media that the U.S. has scheduled an operation, codenamed Bite, against Iran for 4:00 a.m. local time April 6. The operation, should it materialize, would deliver air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities over a 12-hour period.

"The Iranian people are ready and determined to protect their land and to repel any enemy attack," Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel said at a press conference during his visit to Pakistan.
All this is quite unsurprising.
However, he said it was highly unlikely the U.S. would attack his country, as "the U.S. has no real reason to do so."
And that's a lovely bit of irony. But there's this, too:
The speaker added that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had assured him that Pakistan would never get involved in any actions aimed at Iran.
Curiouser and curiouser.