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Iran says pre-emptive strike on 'enemies' possible



An Iranian military commander has said Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered.

Mohammad Hejazi, deputy head of Iran's armed forces, made his comments to the Iranian Fars news agency.

Iran is facing mounting international pressure over its controversial nuclear programme.

On Monday it unveiled fresh military exercises in the south that it said was to protect its nuclear sites.

"Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran's national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions," Mr Hejazi told Fars.

The BBC's Iran correspondent James Reynolds says Iran's military and political leaders routinely stress that they are capable of defeating the country's enemies should the need arise.

Their comments are closely scrutinised by those trying to work out Iran's military capability and also its overall intentions, he adds.

Iran insists its uranium enrichment programme is for peaceful purposes but Western powers suspect Tehran intends to make weapons.

Neither Israel nor the US have ruled out military action if sanctions and diplomacy fail to rein in Iran's nuclear activities.

In recent weeks speculation has been increasing that Israel may launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Last week, US Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt Gen Ronald Burgess told the US Congress that Iran may launch missiles if it is attacked but was unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke a conflict.

On Monday senior inspectors from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began another round of talks in Tehran - their second in three weeks.

They say they want Iranian reassurances about "possible military dimensions" to the nuclear programme.

Late last year Iran conducted 10 days of military exercises near the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf.

Iran has threatened to block the strait, through which 20% of the world's oil exports pass, in retaliation for Western sanctions over its nuclear plans.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17116588


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  • Hahaha I dare then to attack the states.
    My trigger finger hasn't been used for anything besides random target practicing since the corps

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    • @Hazel_Nut na this js the talk of someone who wants to see a rogue nation commit suicide

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  • maybe we can make that happen

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  • Try it Iran...i dare you!
    Your country will be ash!

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  • PLEASE do it Iran. PLEASE!!! This way we have an excuse to exterminate you fucks.

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  • The IAEA report is categorical that all Iranian nuclear activity is towards peaceful purposes.

    There is an annexe to the report that was forced to be included by USA and Israel that details research that *could* be used for nuclear weapon development. Much of the annexe was based on anonymous IAEA member States 'volunteering' information. The best estimate is those States were Israel and to a lesser extent the US.

    The reality is that making HEU is very hard and making a weapon from that is ver More..

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    • @DEADBEEF
      Why do you lie?
      The last report said categorically that their research *could only* be used for nuclear weapon development.

      I like the way you intentionally left the "only" part out!

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    • @Freejay

      Everything in the report is already in the public domain.

      This is especially the EBW fuses which are 1945 technology. The modern technology is slapper fuses.

      There's nothing in the report that in the least suggests Iran is developing nuclear weapons. All that is reported is published research that has dual use and *may* be used in the development of a 1945 style weapon.

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    • @DEADBEEF
      Even the CIA itself admitted they don't have concrete proof of Iran developing nuclear weapons.
      But the media and the Israelis will intentionally leave that out, why? Because it doesn't help their argument.

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    • @DEADBEEF
      Liar!!

      Drawing on evidence provided by more than 10 member states as well as its own information, the IAEA said Iran had carried out activities "relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device".

      It said that some of these activities could only be used to develop nuclear weapons.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11709428

      And thats from the BBC, which are anti Israel/Zionist!!!

      Iran: the damning nuclear evidence
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne More..

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  • israel, already attacked first, by killing Iranian nuclear scientist. So im not surprised iran wants to attack back.

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    • @Sam_FreeMen

      Doesn't matter what happens. You're blinded by your hate for Jews. The Iranians could nuke Israel and you will still find some way to blame it on Israel.

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    • @Kafirindareelharb Nah, i don't hate anyone, i just hate certain behaviors, im just really anti-war unless i feel like its so serious there is no choice but war, and before i go to such a desperate measure. I well think, until im sure. How are you so sure, he isn't just talking shit, there is also that holy muslim site in israel, Al-Aqsa, Nuking israel would be a blow to all muslim country's and in return he would screwed. Also iran did not say he would nuke israel, he said the regime in charge More..

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  • go on then you iranian douchbags , start the ball rolling and we will see how long it takes for your country to be annihilated, dont beleive that the Russians or the Chinese will come to your aid because they wont, although they wont say it out loud they also want to see the end of the Iranian tyrants/despots.....STOP 99% of the world wars Nuke Israel, Saudia Arabia, Iran,and last but not least Syria....

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  • Let Al-CIAda build evidence. They will find the nukes in Iran just like they found them in Iraq. :)

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  • Pre-empt strike my ass.

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  • LOL, a preemptive strike would get you nuked. Period. Get with the world nuclear monitory system and solve all your problems. The last one to fuck with world opinion on it was Saddam. And he was supposedly just "looking" to aquire materials with no known fissionable material besides "yellow cake".

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    • @GradySizematters

      thats the problem amadinijad >>is Mad,he has been stating very openly over the past years that that is his intention, that he is fullfilling his fanatical jihad according to his slavemasters instructions. the world sat back and did nothing against hitler untill it was to late, and look what happened.

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    • @storm_seal China and Russia will keep them on a short leash. This is after all in their "backyard". The only worry is some of "terrorist" inside Iran gaining some of the material to be used unconventionaly.

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  • Locked and loaded

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  • It reminds me of a game called battlefield 2142. All nations at war for resources, when natural clean energy is already at their disposal.

    Gotta keep selling oil until its all gone! That is the globalist way!

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  • Pre-emptive... Pre-emptive like the Bush Administrations Pre-emptive war against Iraq? What a novel idea!

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