Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined Tehran’s preparedness to give a crushing response to Israel if the latter dares to make an aggressive move against the country.
“The bankrupt, uncivilized and criminal Zionist regime (Israel) wishes to inflict losses on Iran but they know that Iran’s response to any such efforts will be crushing and regrettable,” said President Ahmadinejad in an interview with Lebanese-based al-Manar tv on Wednesday.
Pointing to Iran’s nuclear case, the president stated that the West’s stance on the issue can be analyzed in line with objectives of the arrogant system, considering the ongoing developments in the region.
He noted that the Western position on Iran’s nuclear case proved that they are opposed to any advancement made by Muslim countries.
Ahmadinejad also stated that arrogant powers did their utmost to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear country. Notwithstanding, Iran is a nuclear country now.
He warned Western powers that they are doomed to sustain yet another defeat if they persist with their previous misdeeds.
President Ahmadinejad also blasted the performance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program and emphasized that although Iran carried out all its undertakings, the IAEA deprived the country of its legitimate rights as an IAEA member and prompted illegal sanctions against the country.
The Iranian chief executive insisted that the Islamic Republic will never give up its principles while it believes that the West must change its confrontational attitude into a cooperative one.
The United States and Israel have once again intensified their hostile measures against Iran to push the country to give up its progress in the field of nuclear technology.
Iran has warned it could 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.
Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “is unlikely” to delay the country’s program.
A recent study by a fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin Talmadge, warned that Iran could use mines as well as missiles to block the strait, and that “it could take many weeks, even months, to restore the full flow of commerce, and more time still for the oil markets to be convinced that stability had returned.”
In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran’s response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen has also recently warned in Tel Aviv of the unexpected consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran, just as he did during the days of the (George W) Bush administration.