Iran: Any attack on our nuclear facility will be beginning of
By Amir Oren, Haaretz Correspondent
Tehran will consider any military action against its nuclear facilities as the
beginning of a war, Iran's official news agency IRNA
The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quoted as saying that any country that attacks
Iran would regret doing so.
According to the report, Jafari has warned that such
a step would be the beginning of war. However, the general was also quoted as
saying that he considers it unlikely Iran's adversaries would attempt an
In a newspaper interview last week, Jafari warned
that if attacked, Iran would barrage Israel with missiles and off the strategic
Strait of Hormuz, a narrow outlet for oil tankers leaving the Persian Gulf.
Israel carried out a large military exercise last month, seen throughout the
media as a rehearsal for an attack on Iran.
U.S. admiral: Iran likely to attack Israel
Meanwhile, a U.S. admiral warned earlier this week that Iran is likely to
launch ballistic missiles against Israel and the United States and the NATO
alliance should prepare for it.
In recent years, the missile boats of the Sixth Fleet practiced intercepting Shahab-3 missiles from Iran aimed at Israel, along with the
Arrow batteries of the air force and U.S. and Israeli batteries of Patriot
In an article entitled "Maritime Strategy in an Age of Blood and
Belief" in the U.S. Naval Institute's monthly Proceedings, fleet commander
Admiral James Winnefeld describes the possibility of
an offensive barrage of ballistic missiles fired from Iran against Israel as
being "by far the most likely employment of ballistic missiles in the
world today, and it demands our immediate attention in the event of a need for
a U.S. or NATO response."
He says Iran is an "unpredictable adversary," which could be provoked
into action "by an isolated, and perhaps seemingly unimportant,
Winnefeld's commander, the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Admiral Michael Mullen, mentioned earlier this
week during his visit in Israel the presence of missile defense vessels of the
Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and their role in intercepting Iranian
One of Mullen's hosts noted at the end of the visit that even though Israel
Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and the other senior officers did
not discuss operational coordination, it was mentioned during discussions that
both sides would like to avoid mistaken confrontations, of the sort that led to
the IDF attack against the U.S. Navy ship, Liberty, in June 1967.
At a briefing to reporters in the Pentagon Wednesday, Mullen discussed his good
relations with Ashkenazi and his impressions of the visits with the IDF on the
northern border and near the Gaza Strip. "Israel remains a vital and
trusted military ally in the Middle East," he said, which faces "very
real security threats" and "the tyranny of what I call
'close-quarters geography,'" Mullen said.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs added that "Iran is still working to
develop nuclear weapons" and that the Israeli timetable in relation to
Iran's nuclear program is shorter than the U.S's.
However, the admiral stressed he is opposed to an Israeli or U.S. strike
Such a strike could destabilize the region and open a third front for the U.S.
armed forces, while it is preoccupied in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
The Iranian regime remains "a destabilizing factor in the area,"
Mullen said, but in his view the preferred way of resolving the issue lies in
international diplomacy and not the use of military force.
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