“If they [the Zionists] attack, Iran’s deterrent power would deal a mortal blow to them and the Israeli death rate would not be less than 10,000. Therefore, they would be stopped soon,” Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of the Expediency Council, told a group of Iranian students in London in a videoconference program.
“We don’t want war, but are fully prepared to defend [our country against any strike]. Of course the Zionists don’t dare to invade Iran and only speak [of war] to win concessions from the next US president,” said Rezaei, a former long-serving chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Israel is stepping up threats of carrying out a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities before the US presidential election on November 6. However, the US opposes any Israeli military action at the current juncture.
Israeli threats are based on the unsubstantiated claims that the peaceful nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic have been diverted to the acquisition of military nuclear capability.
The Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.
The Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council also accused the West of trying to derail the Islamic Awakening movement by interfering in Syria.
“At present, the Western efforts are focused on diverting the Islamic Awakening movement towards seeking a Western-style democracy and transform it into seeking a US-style democracy by toppling the Syrian government. But the Awakening movement has penetrated into the United States has revealed the internal traumas of the capitalist system.” he noted.
“As far as the regional revolutions are concerned, one should not imagine that they are limited to regimes change in Libya and Egypt, because it is only the beginning,” Rezaei said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.