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Ali Larijani:

Military strike will draw stinging response from Iran

Service : Politic
Khartoum, Jan 22, (ICANA) – Iranian Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has downplayed threats of military action against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, warning of a bitter response to any such attack.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:33:25 PM
Military strike will draw stinging response from Iran

“As the peaceful nuclear (energy) program of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been indigenized, it will not be destroyed by any strike or pressure,” Larijani said at a news conference on the sidelines of the 8th General Assembly Meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday.

“Moreover, the country’s response to any possible attack against its nuclear installations will be stinging,” he added.

Larijani told reporters that the US-led sanctions against Iran and the pressure imposed on its economy have failed to stop the country from pursuing its nuclear energy program.

The Iranian official further downplayed threats of a military attack by Israel and the United States, and argued, “Since they have a little wisdom [left], they fear Iran’s response.”

The Majlis speaker also dismissed concerns about a possible radiation crisis at the nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern city of Bushehr and assured that the facility meets standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He further noted that the Islamic Republic supports the implementation of political reforms in Syria without foreign and military interference.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s stance in this regard (the unrest in Syria) is [supporting] the implementation of political reforms without any military and foreign interference in this country,” Larijani added.

“Those familiar with regional developments know that Syria’s problem can only be resolved politically,” he added.

He went on to say that democracy cannot be established through military force, stressing that suitable groundwork needs to be laid in the Syrian political scene for the implementation of reforms.

Larijani said Iran supports political reforms in Syria but certain parties do not want an opportunity for the implementation of political reforms in the Arab country. He expressed his surprise, saying that those who cry out for democracy in Syria have a despotic system in their own country.

Asked about a possible US military intervention in Syria, the Iranian official said it was improbable that Washington would make such an unwise move as it has already learned its lessons from military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Larijani said the US, the UK and France are not after democracy in Syria but seek their own interests, adding that these countries are causing troubles for Syria because they consider the Arab nation a supporter of the Palestinians.

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