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Ahmadi-nejad declares Iran now 'superpower'.


President Ahmadi-nejad Tuesday declared Iran to be a world "superpower."

Speaking to a vast crowd gathered at Tehran's Azadi Square for the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Ahmadi-nejad said, "I officially announce that Iran today is a real and true superpower."

The president did not say what other countries, if any, he rated as superpowers, but generally the term has been reserved exclusively for the United States since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The crowd of hundreds of thousands carried placards reading, "30 years of freedom, 30 years of pride," as well as the ever popular "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossain Mohseni-Ejai charged that unnamed "enemies" of the regime had planted a bomb that his ministry's personnel had defused. He did not say where the bomb was planted or what size it was.

With Iran now officially declared a superpower, the president said the country no longer faces any threats from abroad. Such threats, he said, "have now been removed with the people's resistance and the aid of God."

Ahmadi-nejad said, "The fate that befell Bush--and it was a very bad fate--can be viewed as a lesson for most people that want to impose their will on the world." He didn't explain what fate had befallen Bush, who retired last month to his ranch after completing two terms as president.
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Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Feb 13, 2009
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