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News number: 9107118714

14:18 | 2012-11-12

Defence

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Lawmaker Stresses Iran's Capability to Crush US in Asymmetric War

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian lawmaker stressed the country's defense and military capabilities and preparedness, saying Iran can defeat the US in an asymmetric war.



"Americans thought that Iran will never be involved in a military conflict with them, while Iran is capable of defeating the US in an asymmetric battle," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbas Ali Mansouri told FNA on Monday.

His remarks came after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fighter jets made a US aircraft leave Iranian airspace earlier this month.

Pentagon claimed last Thursday that on November 1 Iranian warplanes fired at a US drone in international airspace but did not hit the aircraft.

According to the timeline provided by the Pentagon, two Iranian SU-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft intercepted the American drone at about 4:50 a.m. EST (0850 GMT) as it conducted a classified mission over Persian Gulf waters about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast

Several Iranian officials have rejected the US allegations that the engagement had taken place in international airspace, saying the US drone had violated the Iranian airspace.

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.

In response, Iran has warned it would hit the US, Israel and their worldwide interests and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

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

Also the Zionist regime has in the last two to three years intensified its war rhetoric against Tehran, warning that it plans to hit Iranian nuclear facilities.

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