Iran: We can attack U.S. interests "anywhere"

Iranian soldiers chant anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. slogans on the first day of celebrations marking the 33th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 1, 2012. AFP/Getty Images

Iranian soldiers chant anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. slogans on the first day of celebrations marking the 33th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 1, 2012.
Iranian soldiers chant anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. slogans on the first day of celebrations marking the 33th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 1, 2012.
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The Iranian ambassador to Russia reportedly said Wednesday that his country has the means to attack U.S. interests "anywhere in the world."

Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told reporters in Moscow that it would only exercise such capability if attacked by the United States, according to the Reuters news agency.

"The Americans know what kind of country Iran is. They are well aware of our people's unity," Sajjadi said. "And that's why Iran is fully able to deliver retaliatory strikes on the United States anywhere in the world."

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Sajjadi also said that Iran wouldn't strike first. That conflicts with allegations made against the country in October that it initiated an assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Iran has denied those allegations.

Tensions between the two nations have grown increasingly tense with Iran continuing to deny that it's pursuing weapons from its nuclear program. Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping lane, and to attack Israel have also contributed those tensions.

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  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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