“In case of any aggression, and if the problem is not resolved through political channels, the military forces are prepared to show Iran’s might to the offender state,” Gen Pourdastan said on Thursday. The argument has exposed how the longstanding mutually suspicious relationship between Shia Muslim-ruled Iran and the Sunni monarchies of the Gulf states has soured still further in the past year.
The main flashpoints are Iran’s nuclear programme and the Shia-led anti-government protests in countries such as Bahrain, which have sparked unproven allegations of Tehran’s involvement.
Gen Pourdastan’s counterattack was made after the UAE’s five fellow Gulf Co-operation Council members, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, rallied this week in support of its protests against the “provocative” visit by Mr Ahmadi-Nejad to the island of Abu Musa near t
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