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Israel and the United States would not dare to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

“Even if hundreds of countries came together, let alone just America and Israel, they would not dare to attack Iran,” the Iranian president said Monday during an official visit to Malaysia.

Iran’s defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions designed to deprive it of nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential has stirred international concern that Israeli or U.S. military intervention could be imminent.

World powers trying to negotiate a way out of the crisis have offered Iran help with developing a civilian nuclear program if it abandons uranium enrichment, but Ahmadinejad has rejected this precondition.

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