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News number: 9107116040

11:10 | 2012-10-31

Politics

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Commander: US Officials Seeking to Appease Zionists by Threatening Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi downplayed the importance of the US officials' warmongering remarks against Iran, and stressed that such claims aim to appease the Zionists.



Speaking on Tuesday, Naqdi said the claims about military strike against Iran are aimed at pleasing influential Zionists ahead of the US November presidential elections.

The Iranian commander added that the US has learned lessons from its invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, Naqdi rejected the US ability to wage war against Iran, and said, "Due to its economic woes, the US has to cut its military budget. Moreover, there is no internal cohesion in this country for launching military strike against any country, not to mention a powerful Iran against which the US is not capable of doing so."

During the third presidential debate, US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney vied on Monday over who was Israel's strongest defender but both spoke of military action against Iran although they both agreed that a military strike over Iran's nuclear program must be a "last resort".

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. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The Zionist regime has recently 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.

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.

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.