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News number: 8901241600

18:33 | 2010-04-13

Defence

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Commander Hails Iran's Military Power as Deterrent to Enemy Threats

TEHRAN (FNA)- Enemies do not dare to attack Iran due to the country's deterrent power and its advanced military equipment and technologies, a senior Iranian commander stressed on Tuesday.



"Foes and friends are aware of the Islamic Republic's power and capability in different fields and they (enemies) never dare to talk about attacking Iran due to the very same fact," General Manouchehr Kazzemi, senior commander of the Islamic Republic Army in western Iran, said in a press conference.

The Iranian General referred to the country's latest achievements in building hi-tech military equipment and weapons, and underlined that such advancements serve as a deterrent to enemy attacks.

Kazzemi warned that in case enemies make a silly decision and invade Iran's territory, the Iranian Army will reciprocate the move with an unexpected, crushing response.

Kazzemi's remarks came a week after US President Barack Obama threatened Iran with a nuclear attack. The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released last Tuesday.

But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms. Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.

In response, Iranian officials warned that Tehran would give a crushing response to the slightest aggression against the country.

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

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