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Iran is superior power of Middle East: official

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (Mehr News Agency) -- The U.S. should realize that Iran is the superior power in the Middle East, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaii said in Tehran on Monday.

"After the Lebanon war the United States realized that it should change its policies toward the Islamic Republic," Rezaii said in an address to the students at the Imam Hossien University.

If the U.S. decides to attack Iran one day, the Middle East will be in great disturbance, he stated, adding, "And Iran will benefit a great deal from such U.S. idiocy because the oil prices will hike dramatically."

"In Lebanon's war two different ideologies and political powers were confronted. One was Israel which was backed by the U.S. and the other was Hezbollah that was backed by revolutionary Islam," he noted.

This shows that the revolutionary Islam and the U.S. will determine the future of the region, Rezaii added.

U.S. should avoid unguarded measures on Iran: analyst

TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- Political analyst Mahammad-Mahdi Mazaheri advised the U.S. to adopt a peaceful approach and avoid any unguarded actions in the nuclear row between Iran and the West.

"Iran has repeatedly declared that it is ready to hold talks to excise all ambiguities and build confidence, therefore sanctions or military actions cannot be appropriate choices to settle the nuclear row," Mazaheri told the Mehr News Agency on Monday.

Experience has shown that Iran's tolerance threshold is above that of the U.S., so Washington is better think of peaceful solutions, he added.

As Russia and China oppose sanctions against Iran and favor negotiations the U.S. is trying to block the Islamic Republic's nuclear progress independently, the academic observed. "This has a close relationship with Washington's failure to implement its plans in the Middle East especially the new Middle East plan."

A UN Security Council a resolution has given Iran until Thursday to halt its uranium enrichment activities or face the threat of sanctions.

Amid signs of disagreement among Security Council members on Iran's response to 5+1 offer, the U.S. is seeking coercive measures to make Tehran accept the Security Council demand, he added.

The Lebanon war and the resolution against Iran were two previously planned actions to suppress any opposition to the illegitimate policies of Israel and the U.S., Mazaheri opined.

"Iran's response to the nuclear package proved that Tehran favors negotiations and foiled the U.S. plots to persuade Russia and China," he said.

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