Iran's president says not afraid of attack by U.S.

The Iranian president said Friday that his country was not afraid of U.S. military action over its uranium enrichment program, but added that he thought any such strikes were very unlikely.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a dialogue with Indonesian Islamic leaders.

Asked whether his country was prepared to face an attack by the United States, he said "that is very unlikely because they know the Islamic Republic of Iran is a strong country."

"They are waging a propaganda campaign with strong words so our country is afraid. The people of Iran and the country are not afraid of them," he said to applause from the audience.

The United States is leading an international campaign to get Iran to open its nuclear program to international inspections, saying it fears the Middle Eastern country is developing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.

While Washington has said it favors a diplomatic end to the dispute, it hasn't ruled out military force and is behind a charge at the United Nations for economic sanctions to be brought down on Iran, reports the AP.

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