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Iran not to be bullied by language of threat: IRGC Commander

Press TV - Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad-Ali Jafari says threats and military action against Iran are the language of a bygone era.

Mohammad-Ali Jafari, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps

"The era of threatening Iran with force is over, especially at a time when the majority of Iranians are willing to defend the Revolution and their country," the Major General told a gathering in the southwestern city of Shiraz.

These intimidation techniques, Jafari continued, "even failed at the height of the nuclear issue, and now Iran is standing firm despite economic, political and cultural pressures."

US President Barack Obama recently warned the Islamic Republic of "consequences," should Tehran refuse to accept the IAEA-backed proposal on a nuclear fuel deal

The mid-October nuclear draft discussed in Vienna envisages Iran shipping out its low-enriched uranium (LEU) for further refinement and returned to the country for the Tehran medical research reactor, which produces radioisotopes used in cancer treatment by over 200 hospitals in Iran.

The idea was first floated by the Obama administration, and was later presented as a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran has called for modifications to the deal, reiterating that its "economic and technical" concerns have to be reserved regarding the proposal.

The US says no alteration will be made to the draft deal, insisting that Iran should accept the proposal in its current form.

This is while the UN nuclear watchdog on Friday censured Iran over the construction of its Fordo enrichment plant.

A satellite view of Fordow facility near Qom, Iran.

The resolution, which was drafted by the P5+1 - the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - and was passed in a 25-3 vote with six abstentions, calls on Iran to immediately halt the construction of its second enrichment facility.

Tehran has rejected the IAEA resolution, the first one passed against Iran since 2006, as a 'politically motivated' measure aimed at depriving Iran of its basic rights.

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