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Defense Minister: Iran to give crushing response to Zionists' threats

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Damascus, Dec 9, IRNA -- Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Wednesday that Iran will give a crushing response to any threats posed by the Zionist forces.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival in Damascus, Vahidi said, “Should the Zionist forces pose any threat against Iran, we will never hesitate to target their nuclear sites and centers for proliferation of chemical, biochemical, as well as dirty and prohibited weapons.”

Highlighting the goals behind his visit to Syria, the Minister said the two countries are to promote relations and cooperation through exchange of views on regional developments and security affairs.

Given historical, cultural, religious and social bonds, he said the two sides’ high ranking officials and leaders have drawn up a political and strategic plan to bolster and deepen regional and international cooperation.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always backed the Lebanese government and its nation, he said, adding that the country enjoys a very significant strategic position in the region which has made the Zionist regime in the past 60 years think on targeting the country .

Iran has always backed the Lebanese government and its nation and has spared no efforts to broaden and uphold defense cooperation with the country, said the Iranian minister.

Restoration of security and tranquility in the war-torn Iraq is among Iran’s concerns, he pointed out.

Presence of the alien forces is the route cause of Iraq’s instability, he said.

Iran is ready to fully cooperate with the Iraqi government and believes that pulling out of foreign forces would be a turning point for restoration of security in the country and collective cooperation between Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria could turn to a regional model for restoring security.

On current developments in Yemen, the Iranian Minister blamed the US and Britain for weakening the Yemeni government in line with their sinister goals.

He believes that the country’s problems could be resolved through talks between rival parties and national resolve.

The US and the Zionist regime, through fomenting such conflicts in Yemen, try to get some Arab states involved in the case in a bid to prepare grounds for regional interventions in order to weaken the Yemeni government, he said.

OIC should play a leading role in resolving the issue while Saudi Arabia should not back any side mainly during forbidden month of Moharram, he said.

Continuation of struggles and intervention of Saudi Arabia along with other states in this civil conflict will lead to more instability in Yemen, he said, adding that the regional and international organizations should fulfil their humanitarian responsibility and provide the cold-weather-stricken-war-refuges.

On Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, he said, “Much to our regret, the international organizations are not independent and try to address political goals of the west and global powers.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Minister said that IAEA’s recent anti-Iran resolution was not approved in consensus, being unprofessional and politically-motivated and not consistent with the IAEA’s governing rules and regulations.

The IAEA’s resolution sought to make the current situation more complicated and impede constructive talks and cooperation between the two parties, he said.

"Should the IAEA ignore its duties in providing Iran with nuclear fuel for Tehran’s research reactor, the country will reserve the right per the NPT to produce nuclear fuel,” said the minister.

On expansion of defense cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states, he said Iran has adopted amicable ties with the countries based on mutual interests, respect and good neighborliness.

Vahidi said boosting defense ties with Syria will repel the Zionist regime's threats against regional nations.

He described Iran and Syria as "two strategic" allies that worked for establishment of peace and stability in the region.

Vahidi arrived in Damascus Tuesday evening for a three-day visit.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 833548



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