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Iranian commander hits back at Bolton

31 August 2010 3:41

A senior Iranian commander has rapped former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton for his ‘nonsensical’ war rhetoric against the Islamic Republic.

Brigadier General Seyyed Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy head of Iran’s Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Bolton and has still kept his “notoriety for idiotic remarks,” Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

Jazayeri’s remark comes after Bolton said on Saturday that in case of a US military attack, Iran would be able to hold on to the Strait of Hormuz for two or three days “at the most” before the US forces crushed the Iranian Army, Navy and Air Force.

“Apparently, the former US official in the UN is in the dark about the changes in the global situation and thinks America can do whatever it wants especially militarily,” the Iranian commander said.

He further noted that the Islamic Republic is fully capable of defending its sovereignty.

Bolton’s latest remarks come two weeks after the former UN envoy controversially formulated an eight-day deadline for an Israeli attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the August 21 launch of the country’s first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr.

Iranian officials have dismissed the likelihood of any attacks but have warned that the consequences of such a move would be fierce and not limited to the region.

Earlier in August, A group of ex-CIA officials warned Washington against Tel Aviv’s efforts to “mousetrap” the US on Iran, a mistake that would “destroy” Israel.

In a memo to the US President Barack Obama, a group of former CIA intelligence officers at the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity warned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to go unilateral on Iran.

Israel, which is the only entity in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons, has repeatedly voiced its determination to stop Iran’s nuclear program, even through military means.

Unlike Israel, Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has repeatedly declared that its nuclear program is civilian.

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