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16:24 | 2008-11-19


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Army Commander Warns Enemy of Crushing Response

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi, warned Iran will inflict a "humiliating defeat" on any aggressor.

"We will inflict a humiliating defeat on aggressors with our arrow of anger," Salehi told FNA on Tuesday.

The commander of the Iranian Army stated that Iran's technological achievements have considerably enhanced the country's military capabilities, which could be used to respond to any attack on the Islamic Republic.

"The superpowers should know that Iran is aware of the secrets of aggressive countries," he added.

Salehi had earlier warned that any decision to attack the Islamic Republic would be a grievous error, since Iran would fight until the defeat of the enemy.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Speculation that Israel could bomb Iran has mounted since a big Israeli air drill in June. In the first week of June, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

A US attack on the Syrian village of Sukkariyah on October 26, has also raised speculation about the likelihood of a US unilateral strike on the Islamic Republic.

The United States has also always stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran's progress in the field of nuclear technology.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.

The ISIS study also cautioned that an attack against Iran would backfire by compelling the country to acquire nuclear weaponry.