Iran vows to hit any country that stages attackby WORLD NEWS, telegraph.co.uk
February 5th 2012
Gen Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most powerful military force appeared to be warning to Iran’s neighbours not to let their territory or airspace be used as a base for an attack.
“Any place where enemy offensive operations against the Islamic Republic of Iran originate will be the target of a reciprocal attack by the Guard’s fighting units,” Gen Salami said according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.
The Revolutionary Guard started manoeuvres in the country’s south on Saturday, following naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil export route, additional muscle flexing by Iran to ward off the prospect of a military strike against its nuclear facilities. Iran has threatened to close off the strait if Western sanctions limit Iranian oil exports.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Sunday that economic and military might are the country’s only guarantee for peace and security following the latest developments in Iran and Syria.
“In the past few days we received a reminder of what kind of neighbourhood we live in,” Mr Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“In such a region the only thing ensuring (our) existence, security and prosperity is strength.
“We shall continue to build the military, economic and social strength of Israel; that is the only guarantee for peace and also Israel’s only defence if peace collapses.”
The US and its Western allies charge that Iran is producing atomic weapons. Iran says its programme is meant to produce fuel for future nuclear power reactors and medical radioisotopes needed for cancer patients.
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