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News number: 8901231449

16:21 | 2010-04-12

Defence

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Iran's DM Stresses Popularity of Islamic Establishment in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday underlined popularity of the Islamic ruling system in Iran, saying that the Iranian nation would extend full support to the Islamic establishment in case the country comes under military attacks by the enemies.



"People of Iran are ready to defend the Islamic ruling system in integrity and solidarity with the Armed Forces," Vahidi said, reminding the large congregations formed and the warm hospitality shown by the people when government officials pay visits to their villages and cities in the different parts of the country.

Reminding US President Barack Obama's recent remarks that Washington keeps all options open on Iran, Vahidi stated, "We, too, announce that we will use all options to defend ourselves."

Earlier on Thursday, Vahidi had stressed that Tehran would keep all defensive options on the table for defending the country against enemies' threats.

Vahidi's remarks came after 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 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.

Also on Thursday, a senior Iranian military commander warned the United States against any potential attack on Iran, saying that if the US attacks the country, none of the American troops in the region would go back home alive.

"If the US seriously threatens Iran and takes an action against Iran, none of the American soldiers in the region would return to the United States alive," Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi warned.