Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Iran would “set on fire” Israel and the US navy in the Gulf as its first response to any American attack over its nuclear programme, an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday.
“The first US shot on Iran would set the United States’ vital interests in the world on fire,” said Ali Shirazi, a mid-ranking cleric who is Khamenei’s representative to the naval forces of the elite Revolutionary Guards.
“Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the targets that would be set on fire in Iran’s crushing response,” he said, according to the Fars news agency.
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The United States and its top regional ally Israel have never ruled out attacking Iran over its nuclear drive, which the West fears could be aimed at making nuclear weapons.
There has been concern an attack against Iran could be imminent after it emerged Israel had carried out manoeuvres in Greece that were effectively practice runs for a potential strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Shirazi said “the Zionist regime is pressuring the White House leaders to plan a military assault on Iran” and Iran would react “if they commit such a stupidity.”