Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Iran says that the US would not dare attack:
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that he was confident that experience has taught the United States not to dare to attack Iran.
“We have no doubts that they (Israel and the U.S.) are our enemies and if they could, they would cause trouble in every possible way. But the understanding of the U.S. has reached such a level that it will not enter this dangerous territory (of Iran),” Rafsanjani told reporters while on a visit to the Aerospace Research Institute.
“We won’t hope for such an incident to happen, but if it does the world will undergo changes to some extent,” he asserted. Addressing the Aerospace and National Security Conference, he said Iran has the capability to launch missiles with a range of 2000 kilometers.
Rafsanjani said Iranian experts could now achieve "all subsequent stages" in the missile production process.
“Today, Iran has the capability to launch missiles with a range of 2000 kilometers and a country which has such a capacity can tread the rest of such an important path,” the former president noted.
“With the missile capability that we have today, we can also launch independent satellites and currently we are among the top eight countries which can launch independent satellites.
"When we came under missile attacks (by Iraq) we thought of building our own missiles and we started from scratch," Rafsanjani said.
"Today we have ballistic technology and if our hands had not been tied and obstacles had not been put in the way of our progress, we would have been even more advanced," he added.