- Associated Press - Sunday, June 3, 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday said she’s not drawing any conclusions about what effect the latest hash words from Iran might have on the potential success of upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow.

Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday that any Israeli attack against Tehran would be answered with a “lightning” response. He also suggested that Western penalties against Iran cannot curtail Iran‘s nuclear program.

Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference in Stockholm that Iran has said consistently it would act to defend itself from attack. Ayatollah Khamenei also has said repeatedly that Iran does not seek nuclear arms and has called such weapons against Islamic principles.

Mrs. Clinton said leaders often say things for domestic purposes, and she hopes Iran will work toward a diplomatic solution.