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Iran Army cmdr. plays down war threats

11 April 2010 1:26

Amid threats of a military strike on Iran, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi plays down the possibility of such an attack.

“Iran’s Army has made considerable progress in all deterrent fields. No enemy dares to attack the Islamic Republic,” Salehi told reporters on Saturday.

He pointed to the great potentialities of the Iranian Army to defend the country against any act of aggression and said, “The Army of the Islamic Republic is duty-bound to maintain its defense readiness in all fields.”

The member of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) added that given the country’s deterrence power, “no one takes recent US threats seriously.”

Salehi said that countries, which have access to nuclear bombs and conventional and non-conventional weapons, are well-aware that such cannot be their main source of power.

“Many of these countries have been humiliated in dealing with Iran,” he said.

Tehran has repeatedly dismissed Tel Aviv’s threats of launching military strikes against Iran as psychological warfare aimed at pressuring the Islamic Republic into abandoning its peaceful nuclear work.

Israel and its Western supporters have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program.

The Iranian government, however, has fiercely dismissed such claims as mere attempts by Western nuclear powers to prevent Iran’s rapid progress in the field of nuclear technology.

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