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Shamkhani: Iran to strike back severely if attacked by Israel

Iran's Minister of Defense and the Armed Forces Logistics Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday that Iran will give strong response if Israel ventures to attack Iranian nuclear installations, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Asked whether Iran will use Shahab-3 long range missile if Israel ventures to attack Iran, the defense minister said that Shahab-3 is one of the weapons. "We will strike Israel with all weapons at our disposal, if the Zionist regime ventures to do so."

"Israel is a 'fragile glass garrison'. The Zionist leaders are cherishing the dream of a rule over the globe," he said. He said that the Zionist official Shaul Mofaz's statement proved that the Zionist regime is an evil entity.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will strongly deal with the action against its national territory. The Israeli threat emanates from its evil literature. It is too coward to threaten Iran," Shamkhani said.

Asked about al-Qaeda threats against Iran, Shamkhani said, "I heard it from the press. We don't have any problem in controlling the situation."

A reporter asked about production of Shahab-4 missile, Shamkhani said Iran follows a specific action plan in its defense sector to thwart any threat to the country. "Our defense strategy is sustainable."

He gave negative reply when asked about possible threat to the western borders.

He said that peace and security in the region do not conform to the arms race.

Shamkhani said that the trans-regional military powers are responsible for the tension in the region. They never bring security. "Saddam was one of the major factors of threat and tension in the region and collapse of his regime and an end to the arms race will help establish sustainable security in the region."

... Payvand News - 12/24/03 ... --

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