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TEHRAN: Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi  has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran  is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked, Fars news agency  reported on Wednesday.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (front row facing camera, 3rd L) stands stands with Army commander General Ataollah Salehi (4th L) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi (2nd L)in Tehran November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Khamenei.ir
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (front row facing camera, 3rd L) stands stands with Army commander General Ataollah Salehi (4th L) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi (2nd L)in Tehran November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Khamenei.ir

“We are ready for the decisive battle with America and the Zionist regime (Israel),” Fars quoted Firouzabadi as saying.

He also warned neighbouring nations not to allow any attack to be launched on  Iran from their soil.

“We do not have any hostility towards regional states, but if we are ever attacked from the American bases in the region we will strike that area back,” he said.

Washington has many military bases in the region, including in Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said late last month that if diplomacy with  Iran fails, “the military option of the United States  is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do”.

But Firouzabadi accused the US of bluffing.

“Over the past decade, they brought their forces but came to the conclusion that they can’t attack us and left,” he said, dismissing the US military threat as nothing but a “political bluff”.

President Hassan Rouhani  said on Tuesday the West should not have and delusions about using a military option.

“I say explicitly, if some have delusions of having any threats against  Iran on their tables, they need to wear new glasses. There is no military option against  Iran on any table in the world,” he said.

Iran is due to resume talks on Monday in Vienna with the P5 1 — Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China plus Germany — aimed at reaching a comprehensive nuclear accord following a landmark interim agreement struck in November.

Western nations have long suspected  Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian programme, allegations denied by Tehran which insists its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

Neither the  United States nor Israel  has ruled out military action to prevent  Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, if diplomacy fails.


Read more:  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Feb-12/247113-iran-warns-ready-for-decisive-battle-with-us-israel.ashx#ixzz2t8tX1yYu (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::  http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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