Iran’s former president warns Ahmadinejad of possible US attack

Oct 13, 2011, 10:08 GMT

Tehran – Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami on Thursday warned the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of a possible US military attack, following charges that Iran was behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington.

‘Our political officials should be careful not to give the US any pretext to target our security and territorial integrity,’ Khatami told the opposition website Rahesabz.

After his eight-year presidential tenure that ended in 2005, Khatami has become a senior member of the Iranian opposition and on several occasions has blamed Ahmadinejad for creating unnecessary international crises by making thoughtless and provocative remarks.

‘I am worried because the pretexts for starting campaigns against Iran are constantly increasing, and escalation of the current pretext and use of any hostile language could have consequences that eventually only harm the Iranian people,’ Khatami said.

Khatami rejected the latest US charges as a conspiracy by the US administration to gain advantages in next year’s presidential election.

‘We should all stand united with regards to any possible threats against our land and people, but at the same time also be more careful not to give any pretexts to others to raise such charges against us,’ the 68-year-old cleric said.

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