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Ahmadinejad rally counters opposition protests

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As his opponents mass on the streets, supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have turned out in even greater numbers to hear an election victory speech by the Iranian President.

Earlier he had told a news conference that Western media claims of election fraud were to blame for disturbances in Tehran. He also said that any country that dared to attack Iran would “deeply regret” such a move. Western concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme have fuelled speculation about a possible military strike by Israel or the US. But he also reaffirmed he would be open talks with America. Despite the unrest elsewhere in the capital, Ahmadinejad remains very popular with much of the people.