Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Iran: US to Face Tragedy in Case of Aggression

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warned the United States on Wednesday it would face a "tragedy" if it attacked the Islamic Republic.

"We advise US officials to be careful not to face another tragedy," IRNA quoted Mohammad Hejazi, a senior commander of the IRGC, as saying. "Our last word is that if you want to move towards Iran make sure you bring walking sticks and artificial legs because if you come you will not have any legs to return on," he said.

Hejazi's comments followed US and Israeli threats of a military strike against Iran's nuclear sites. The standoff between the West and Tehran has sparked fears of a military confrontation that would disrupt oil supplies. Last week a report said Israel had practiced for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. A senior Iranian official on Tuesday denied market rumors of an Israeli attack on one of Iran's nuclear facilities, which are part of a peaceful drive to generate electricity.
The New York Times last week quoted US officials as saying Israel had carried out a large military exercise, apparently a rehearsal for a potential bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities. Many analysts say Iran's nuclear sites are too numerous, distant and fortified for Israel to take on alone. They say the United States could unleash vastly superior firepower if it attacked Iran but that Tehran could strike back against its forces in any part of the world and disrupt oil supplies vital to the world economy. (FARS)

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