Saturday, May 31, 2008

Iran Reply to Israel Strike 'Limitless'

TEHRAN, May 31--Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Saturday warned of any Israeli attempt to launch strike on Iran stressing that "Our response (to any strike) has no time or geographical limit."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran follows its legitimate goals wisely and authoritatively. The Zionist Regime has lost its vigor to the extent that can not tolerate even Iran's snap reactions because our answer has no time or geographical restriction," Najjar told the semi-official Fars News Agency on Saturday.He reiterated, "Any attack or aggression on Iran will be a foolish act, receiving a painful backlash. Iran's reaction to such a situation will entail grave regret for the enemy." "Iranian armed forces in any rank are prepared to give a due response. I, however, believe that the Zionist Regime has got feeble so much that it couldn't face Hizbollah (of Lebanon) either."
The Iranian top defense official referred to a three-day visit to Iran by his Syrian counterpart Hassan Turkmani and said Iran-Syria defense cooperation under present sensitive conditions will relieve security concerns over the Zionist Regime's constant threats and intimidations. "Tehran-Damascus defense relations will meet interests of the two countries and nations, while guaranteeing security of the Muslim and Arab nations and giving friendship messages to whole the Muslim and Arab states," the Minister boasted.He dwelt on the Syria-Israel indirect talks and their impacts on the Iran-Syria relations, especially in the defense domain, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports Syria in its drive to regain the Golan heights, considering it a success for the country." He said that however, he believes the Zionist regime of Israel has not the least sign of readiness to relinquish occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands. He also ruled out claims that Iran had a role in the Iraq and Afghanistan insecurity.
"All these are efforts to cover up the US failure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other regions. On the other hand, such claims are raised to pit regional states against Iran and justify the US false policies which have resulted in insecurity, tension and instability in the region and the world." "Iran has been the main factor of intra-Iraqi consensus following recent clashes in Basra and Sadr City and encouraged national reconciliation there. Iran considers Iraq stability in favor of regional stability," he declared. Somewhere in the interview, Najjar touched on the Iraq-US security deal and said, "It seems such deal will trample upon dignity and independence of the Iraqi nation. The Islamic Republic of Iran considers such pacts contrary to the national interests of countries and Islamic dignity of the regional nations."
To the end of the interview, Najjar ruled out "vain and unjustified" IAEA claims over Iran's missile capability and said, "Peaceful nature and non-diversion of our country's nuclear activity are two points which have repeatedly announced and approved by the international bodies and the IAEA especially.""Certain baseless allegations leveled against our country will merely end up in disgrace of international bodies," he added.

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar says Iran will give crushing response to any aggression.


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