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IRGC commander warns US against threatening Iran's security

Tehran, April, 15, IRNA-Commander of Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said here Friday any threat against Iran would endanger security of the whole region, US forces in particular.

"Iran's security is equal to the security of the whole region and in case any insecurity befalls on Iran it will cause insecurity for all, American forces in particular," the commander told reporters on the sidelines of the International Conference on the Holy Qods and Support for the Palestinian People.

Referring to the allocation by the US of dlrs 75 million for cultural inroad against Iran, the commander said, "Americans are well informed that those who get this money from them are much more willing to act against US if they are paid to."

Addressing US and British intelligence services active in Iraq and Kuwait, Safavi said "I tell them that their agents can be our agents, too and they should not waste their money so easily.

"I advise them (Western intelligence services) not to let Iraq turn into another Vietnam," Stressed the commander.

Referring to the recent comments of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who has said US would push for using force and economic sanctions against Iran during the next session of the United Nations Security Council, Safavi said "We are prepared for different scenarios.

"It is for more than two years that we have been fully prepared and US should deal with Iran rationally as a big power in the region."

Turning to the existing disagreement between US Secretaries of State (Rice) and of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld), Safavi said "I urge Rice and Rumsfeld to first think about ironing out their differences and then coordinate their acts with Vice President Dick Cheney.

"They should know that we are closely watching their moves," Safavi added.

He reiterated, "Iran is in favor of peace and would never start a war."

However, the commander added, "We are ready to defend our territorial integrity. Therefore, I caution them to avoid entering any situation that they are not aware of its end."

Parliament speakers from 16 Islamic states as well as a large number of Muslim scholars from 60 Islamic nations are attending the three-day international conference which kicked off Friday.

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