Iran promises 'historic slap' to any attacker

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Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted Wednesday that the Islamic republic had mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle and that it would give an "historic slap" to any attacker.

"Today, Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from start to finish, thanks to young Iranian scientists," the president said in a speech in the southwestern border town of Khorramshahr.

"The enemies are looking to plot and want to create differences among Iranians to stop us getting our rights," Ahmadinejad said.

"But if they do the slightest damage to the Iranian people, if they commit the slightest aggression, they will receive an historic slap."


The president was speaking during commemorations of the 1982 recapture from Iraqi forces of Khorramshahr, one of the bloodiest battles of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

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