Iran has capability of crushing retaliation

TEHRAN, July 11 (MNA) – Senior cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani has warned that Iran will respond any military attack with a crushing retaliation.

Kashani’s comments came shortly after Iran test-fired nine long- and middle-range ground to ground missiles in response to a resent military maneuver staged by Israel, simulating a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

 

In a sermon at Friday prayers, the ayatollah reaffirmed statements that Iran will never be an initiator of a war, saying Tehran does not recognize the Zionist regime and therefore it has no reason to attack it.

 

He said military exercises are just a warning of retaliation against any possible Israel’s air strikes on Iran.

 

He criticized Western powers’ efforts to use Iran’s military maneuver as a pretext to step up pressure on the country.

 

The enemies are absolutely aware of Iran’s military power, although they are trying to deny it, the cleric opined.

 

He dismissed as a ‘psychological operation’ Western allegations that Iran’s nuclear efforts pose a threat to the Middle East security.

 

Iran’s atomic activities are within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and are only directed at producing energy for a growing population, Kashani asserted.

 

Tehran recently responded to a letter by the six major powers meant to end the West’s long running nuclear standoff with the Islamic Republic.

 

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who directs nuclear negotiations with Iran, is also scheduled to hold talks with Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva on July 19 over the nuclear dispute.

 

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany last month offered a revised package of incentives in exchange for a halt in Tehran’s uranium enrichment activities.

 

The package follows an original proposal in 2006, offering nuclear cooperation and wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology, and agriculture.

 

However, Iran has refused to freeze its uranium enrichment work as a precondition for resuming talks and has said it would only hold talks on the ‘common points’ in the 5+1 package and its own package of proposals meant to resolve international challenges including nuclear proliferation threats.

 

Kashani said Iran is prepared to resume talks on the remaining differences over the nuclear issue.

 

“Today’s climate is the climate of negotiation. Iran believes that the nuclear issue must be resolved through diplomacy.”

 

 

BA/PA

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MNA

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