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Sobhani-nia:

Arrogant Powers Know They Will Pay Dearly for Any Adventures against Iran

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (ICANA) – Member of Iranian parliament's presiding board Hossein Sobhani-nia says Iran will give a crushing response to any military threat by any global power.
Saturday, September 03, 2011 8:41:18 PM
Arrogant Powers Know They Will Pay Dearly for Any Adventures against Iran

Commenting on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's warning that Western countries may launch a preemptive attack against Iran over its nuclear program, Sobhani-nia stated that such "provocative remarks had no logical and practical grounds and sounded more like a hollow propaganda jest rather than a serious threat against IRI."

Speaking to ICANA on Saturday, the top lawmaker described the stance taken by Sarkozy as insignificant and noted: "Sarkozy talks too much about international events, the Middle East developments and Iran but there are little proximity between his remarks and the realities of the world."

Pointing to Iran's defense power in countering foreign aggressions, Sobhani-nia said: "The time is over for the world powers to be regarded a threat against Iran. Today, our armed forces, whether the IRGC or the Army, enjoy the highest power of retaliation and deterrence."

He advised Western leaders particularly those of France to try to resolve their own domestic problems instead of issuing threats against other nations because they cannot sit at their palaces and decide for the rest of the world anymore."

He also reiterated that Iran forged a close and positive cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency, noting that IAEA inspectors always verified the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and rejected any diversion in this respect.

Sarkozy told an annual meeting of French diplomats on Wednesday that France would work with its allies to build support for tougher international sanctions against Tehran, in a bid to force it to back down over uranium enrichment.

Sarkozy added that if sanctions against the Islamic republic failed to bring about the desired outcome, a country which he did not name could resort to a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear sites.

"Its military nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat that may lead to a preventive attack against Iranian sites that would provoke a major crisis that France wants to avoid at all costs," he said.

Also on Thursday Iran urged Sarkozy not to make comments based on "unrealistic information."

IRI Foreign Ministry's head of Western Europe affairs said: "As stated repeatedly, Iran's nuclear activity is completely peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency reports have confirmed it."

"Iran's defense activities are all deterrent. Remarks based on unrealistic information could act as a basis for regional instability, and it is recommended that by heeding to reality one should refrain from making such remarks," Hasan Tajik said.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

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."

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