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Naqavi Hosseini:

Iran Will Nip any Military Threat in the Bud

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 4 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator has warned foreign powers against any military aggression against Iran saying Tehran's response to any possible threat will be crushing. "We are powerful enough to nip any military threat in the bud."
Sunday, September 04, 2011 9:15:31 PM
Iran Will Nip any Military Threat in the Bud

Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a prominent member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) made the statement in response to military threats issued against Iran by French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this week.

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.

Speaking to ICANA on Sunday, the Iranian lawmaker noted: "US President Barak Obama and the Zionist regime too had issued such hollow threats against Tehran in the past but these threats remained mere words without being able to take any practical action."

Stressing that Iran's nuclear activities were all within the NPT, Naqavi noted: "In the course of 21 reports, IAEA director generals have ruled out the theory of diversion from peaceful course in Iran's nuclear program while IAEA inspectors have visited various sites without any limitation."

He said IRI's military hardware were designed, manufactured and tested in accordance with international agreements and therefore there was no ground whatsoever for France and other countries to be worried.

On failure of the nuclear talks with Group of 5+1countries, Naqavi said the performance of the group in the Istanbul and Geneva talks proved that they had no plans to reach a win-win situation and for the same reason the talks faced a deadlock.

He added that Moscow's new phased plan to break the stalemate in the talks once again drew the attention of the West towards the logic of IRI discourse. That is why the Westerners are trying to raise challenging issues in order to upset the game in order to attain their own political goals.

In his remarks, Sarkozy also said: "Iran's 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.

Iran in response 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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