Iran: “If Israel attacks, nothing will remain of it”
8 Apr 2010
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Wednesday toured the northwestern provinces of Iran with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said that “if the Zionist regime attacks Iran, there may not be much left of it.” In reply to a reporter’s question, Vahidi said Israel itself had said it was too weak to take on Iran. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Defense Minister added that Iranian intelligence was preventing Israel from “engaging in any type of adventure” and was sure it was unable to attack Iran.
Vahidi also addressed the possibility that the nuclear crisis would not be solved, and would drag Iran into a war. Iran sees the U.S. as a country that behaves rationally, he said, and it would not make such a “big mistake” or take such a “dangerous step.” Regarding Russia’s contract with Iran for purchasing an advanced S-300 air defense system, Vahidi said that contact with Russia is being maintained, and that Moscow is committed to delivering the system on time. Russia, which, like China, is under intense Western pressure to support tougher U.N. sanctions has so far failed to deliver a S-300 anti-aircraft system Iran has ordered, a move which has irritated Iranian officials. But Defense Minister Vahidi said Russia had no intention of breaking the agreement to sell the missile system.
Iran also warned on Tuesday that an Israeli attack on Iran nuclear facilities would backfire onto Israel. Mojtaba Zolnour, representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the Revolutionary Guard, threatened: “The enemies know if they fire a missile toward Iran, Iranian missiles will be flying towards Tel Aviv even before the dust has settled.”
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