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Iran will respond to any military threat

2011-11-10 16:15

Tehran - Iran "will respond with full force" to any attack - or even any threat of military action - the country's supreme leader said on Thursday, after Israel warned the world must act to prevent Tehran getting nuclear weapons.

Iran "will respond with full force to any aggression or even threats in a way that will demolish the aggressors from within", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told students at a Tehran military college, according to his official website.

Khamenei said the message was directed at Iran's enemies, "especially America and its stooges and the Zionist regime [Israel]".

The supreme leader's forceful language followed threats last week from Israel that air strikes could be in the offing against Iran's nuclear sites. Israeli President Shimon Peres said last weekend that such action was becoming "more and more likely".

Rhetoric between Iran and its two principal foes, Israel and the United States, has risen since the release of a UN report on Tuesday, saying there was "credible" evidence suggesting Iran's atomic programme was being used to research putting nuclear warheads in ballistic missiles.

Iran, which has long denied any military thrust to its nuclear programme, responded to the report by saying it would not budge "an iota" from its atomic course and asserted it could confront any attack.

‘Israel will see its destruction’


The deputy chief of Iran's armed forces, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, warned Israel "will see its destruction" if it attacks, singling out the Israeli nuclear site of Dimona as "the most accessible" target.

He also stated that, in that scenario, "our response would not be limited to the Middle East".

"Iran is not a nation to sit still and just observe threats from fragile materialist powers which are being eaten by worms from inside," Khamenei was quoted as telling the military cadets on Thursday.

"Anyone who harbours any thought of invading the Islamic Republic of Iran - or even if the thought crosses their mind - should be prepared to receive strong blows and the steel fists of the military, the [Revolutionary] Guards, and the Basij [militia], or in other words the Iranian nation," he said.

Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani reinforced the message by telling Western powers, according to the website of the state television, they "risk breaking their neck if they play certain games".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday "the international community must bring about the cessation of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons which endanger the peace of the world and of the Middle East."

Although he did not say what action Israel was looking at taking, media reports last week said he and Defence Minister Ehud Barak were seeking cabinet support for a pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran.

Israel last week carried out what national media called a "ballistic missile" test, as well as a large-scale civil defence drill simulating the response to conventional and non-conventional missile attacks.

The United States said on Wednesday it was consulting with allies on ways to put "additional pressure" on Iran.

State department spokesperson Mark Toner said "a range of options" were being considered. "I don't want to rule anything out, or anything in," he said.

Comments
  • Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-10 16:26

    What? They think they can take on the whole Gulf Arab states, Saudi and the US. Or the alternative, the US and Israel. Obama just have top press a button and then there is no more Iran, but he will be nice and bomb them to the dark ages with one little ship. If there is one thing most Arab states and israel agree on, that is no nukes for Iran.

      donderwolk - 2011-11-10 16:58

      with allies like russia and china, i would think twice about attacking iran. china can destroy the US without dropping a single bomb. all the chinese have to do is drop US treasury bills and dollar reserves, that should be enough to set the US back 50+ years.

      Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-10 17:03

      China and Russia will not lift a finger to help Iran. They will just vote against the US in the security council and that would be the extend of their help given to Iran. Iran is not worth it for them to go to war over with the US. If the Chinese dump US dollar and treasury bills they will screw themselves just as much because the US is the biggest consumer of their goods. They will never do it. Iran is a fascist state that should not develop nukes. No one wants it, not even the Arab states.

      donderwolk - 2011-11-10 17:27

      if you think the chinese is giving up another energy supplier to the US then you've got another thing coming. they've invested billions in that country and to just give it up to the yanks..... i dont see that happening.

      Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-10 17:38

      The US don't need Iranian oil supply. The US will also not engage in a full out war against Iran. They will fly in and bomb suspected nuclear facilities to pieces and fly out and Iran can't do anything about it. Otherwise Israel will do. You are also contradicting yourself, the Chinese have far more assets in the US than in Iran so don't think for a minute they will interfere with the US military. Economically China can't exist without the US and the US can't exist without China. That is the reality. The relationship might sour because of Iran but Iran is not worth going over war to.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-10 20:11

      In world military rankings Iran is 12th Israel is 10th. They can cause considerable damage Do not underestimate Iranian strength or determination

      Donder - 2011-11-10 22:38

      you have too much faith in the US economy. i, like china know that the US is on a respirator, their failure is inevitable! the chinese know that in a few months from now their biggest consumer will be broke! so what reason is there to keep the US on their buddy list? emerging markets is growing faster than the US and thats where they'll focus.

      gerhard.nel - 2011-11-11 03:39

      Clearly you don't understand economics. The US is China's largest trading partner. If thew US stop buying Chinese products, China will also suffer. Greatly. Rate of growth by emerging markets have nothing to do with the current trade going on between China and the US. It is impossible for emerging markets to fill that gap.

      gerhard.nel - 2011-11-11 03:47

      Dayaan is a ground war they will give them a little go for say days. The problem is the US can just pull a submarine at the straights of Hurmuz and with precision guided missles they can cripple the whole of Irans infrastructure. They don't even have to put a soldier on the ground. What will Iran do? Sail halfway accross the wolrd and bomb the US? Their fleet will be sinked within the 1st 10 minutes of being launched. They can't do anything except for bending over. In fact what Iran is saying is they will attack US naval bases and air basis in the neighboring countries like Bahrain, UAE, Saudi etc. Thereby distabilizing the whole region. Now that is just more stupid because then they will be annihalited by these countries also.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-11 06:52

      The world especially the US cannot afford the straight to be closed. The us has got more to lose than any other nation and have admitted that so many times it will use Israel to fight a proxy war and Iran will use Hezbollah supported by the guards in return upon Israel.

      Jean - 2011-11-12 07:40

      donderwolk and all of you naysayers before you spout crap go read back on history iran supreme leader agreed to peace accords becoz it was scared of the U.s even though they where whipping irag ass and remember the saudi's will not stand for iran even attempting a strike in egypt they believe rather the devil you know (Israel) then the devil they dont want to know. and besides china is scared to piss of the US becoz when push comes to sove the chinese will get whipped and russia wont interfere Putin is a clever man

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-10 16:29

    I don't know why the zionist see the need to warn the world regarding Iran. Iran is friends with pretty much most of the nations on earth.

      BA - 2011-11-10 16:39

      Why don't you go and kiss your hero julius malema better? You are ignorant and a liar. The only states friendly with Iran are those that want something from Iran and have no principles or moral compass, like North Korea, China, Russia and Venezuala, and probably Zimbabwe too. Most Arab states, excluding Syria, are against and fear Iran. Saudi Arabia is an enemy of Iran. Iraq has had several years of war against Iran. Egypt and Lebanon, except for Hizballa, is against Iran. All western states are against Iran. Iran is an apartheid, fascist state that has killed tens of thousands of its own civilians who do not agree with it. But I guess that's ok so long as it threatens to wipe Israel off the map, you are a supporter of Iran, hey, you miserable little Jew-hater.

      Iwan - 2011-11-10 16:44

      You left out - sucka fool.

      Adam - 2011-11-10 16:57

      Mthuthulezi - wow you are a crack head!

      Dirk - 2011-11-10 18:04

      The terrorist controlled states, yes.

      Barry - 2011-11-10 20:24

      Maybe the free world should just dare apartheid ruled racist Israel to attack Iran bye themselves. I would love to know the result.

  • Iwan - 2011-11-10 16:33

    That's what Saddam said...where is he now?. Despite, Israel should stay out of this one..she's surrounded by the most evil militant dictators operating under the mantle of religion.

      Barry - 2011-11-10 20:26

      No, I, disagree. It is the peace loving Arab states that are having to deal with the racist regime of Israel.

      Adam - 2011-11-11 01:01

      peace loving? dude you just make your self sound dumber and dumber.... are you actually denying what is going on in syria??? or how all the arab nations have attacked israel on more then 1 occasion? you actually just speak crap

      Barry - 2011-11-11 06:57

      @Adam. In Syria there is a popular uprising against an unpopular government. I admire the Syrian people in their courage and determination. I also hope it will lead to a more democratic government. What is your opinion ?

      Adam - 2011-11-11 15:42

      my view is that you are are incredibly stupid or 8 years old

      Barry - 2011-11-11 19:13

      @Adam. Speaking with you, you got to be really mature. What ? 5 years old ? :)

  • Eugene - 2011-11-10 17:29

    When will the world stop being puppets for the state of Israel! If only you knew your own religion you wouls know they are not Gods people. Gladly go read "Edom is in modern Jewry." The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1925 edition, Vol. 5, Page 41. We are figthing their wars and establishing them as the next world power!!!!!

      Adam - 2011-11-10 17:42

      so when america backed northern vietnam against communism what was that? america backs its interests, as does anyone with half a brain. israel being the only democracy in the middle east makes it an american interest, do you think if israel was an evil dictatorship america would have anything to do with it? support for israel is not exclusively religious support. any person who values the ideals of democracy, free speech and freedom of religion would be backing the israelis. to back the palestinians is to back the ideals of sharia law - as seen in gaza where it has been implemented by hamas who were democratically elected - as well as the ideals of state sponsored terrorism with an emphasis on targeting civilians. no one is fighting israels wars for them, what a stupid remark, when only 3 years ago israel was at war with lebanon, there was no NATO or american assistance? as for your book it sounds like quite the load of rubbish...

      Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-10 17:45

      Dude, I live in the UAE, about 150 km from Iran. In my office I have Syrians, Lebanese, Omani, Jordanian, Egyptian, Emirati that work with me. None of them want Iran to have nukes. They don't mind if the Iranians build a nuclear plant and open it to the UN to see what is happening there. But nukes is a big no no.

      Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-10 17:55

      That is also the reason why all these Gulf Arab States have sanctions against Iran. Did you know that? No. Secondly Israel will never be a world power. They are 22,000 square km big and they have a population of 7.5 million. That is like saying cape Town will become the next superpower.

      Dayaan - 2011-11-10 20:36

      @Adam you are saying "no one is fighting israels wars for them, what a stupid remark, when only 3 years ago israel was at war with lebanon, there was no NATO or american assistance" You are forgetting that the US is giving Israel $8.2 million per day in military aid. If it wasn't for that money Israel would not be able to afford to go to war with anyone since recent protests in Israel showed that Israel is just as bankrupt as some of the European Countries and the US. So you should be saying that with American funding Israel went to war with Lebanon. You are stating that Sharia law has been instituted in Gaza - please you do not know what Sharia is all about and for your information NO SHARIA HAS BEEN INSTITUTED IN GAZA. You are calling support for Palestine as support for "state sponsored terrorism with an emphasis on targeting civilians" well what has US and Israel been doing - US has been sponsoring various organizations worldwide to overthrow legitimate governments that they not happy with. Israel up to date has killed 6430 Palestinians since September 2000 Palestinians killed 1084. Israel has killed 1463 Palestinian children since September 2000 till present and Palestinians has killed 124 Israeli children in the same period. The amount injured during this period is 9226 Israelis by Palestinians and 45041 by Israelis. During this period 0 Israeli homes has been demolished by Palestinians and Israel has demolished 24813 Palestinian homes. SO who is terrorizing who.

      Barry - 2011-11-10 20:37

      @Adam. The backing of USA in Vietnam was travesty against all things human. America is not a democracy. It is first and for most a terrorist organization. It is not a country anymore although the poor people living to excess think it is. You always come back to identifying yourself as a religious bigot. What is new? The racist apartheid government of Israel will not be happy without war.

      Adam - 2011-11-11 01:09

      barrry you and people like you are the downfall of society, you are the leaches that take take take from the rest of us while contribute nothing!!!!! your idiot remarks reflect what messed up view have been spread through the world by you and your clan. i am going to speak to you nicely now: please if you feel this way go and live in a non western nation, go away, you dont need to come to where we live and cause sh1t, please go back in live in your oil filled sand palaces. we have no desire to be in contact with you or your culture, ever. it is your people who come to out cities town and countries and attempt to place your influance on us..... go away. go back to mecca, medina and whatever other sespool you came from. you have never given us anything except for your disgusting laws and angry tempers which you claim is your gods ways. go awayyyyyyyyyyyy from me and my way of life!!!!! no body wants to play with you and your people!!!! NOOO BODYYYY!!! k?

      Barry - 2011-11-11 06:25

      @Adam, Nice religious rant. Congrats ! Mecca is a sespool ? Interesting. I think the majority of the worlds population free and otherwise may disagree with you on that one. I am not a religious radical like you. In fact I am not religious at all. I am proud to be South African and I am able to have I different point of view. Perhaps you are quite shocked at just how many people disapprove of Israel's actions. I still feel the "The Winds of Change" of coming to Israel quicker than you think. Bless

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-10 23:39

    Human failure !! Simple

  • hanif.mirhoseini - 2011-11-13 13:59

    Hey! @every body... Just imagine someone rushes in your house with a gun in his hand and claims that your house is not any more yours... for any reason. you WILL resist don't you? Iranian people did so during the Iraq war... this will happen if another war takes place in Iran, not even think about the reason their attacking.

  • peter.vanachter - 2011-11-14 23:40

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, does any one still care as to what he says? If they are in the wrong then the rest of the world have every right to ensure its safety, got to admit, this was one lot Sadam Husein was able to keep quite.

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