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'Iran will block Hormuz if attacked'
Tue Aug 17, 2010 15:42
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'Iran will block Hormuz if attacked'
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:8PM

Top Iranian military official Brig. Gen. Ali Shademani
A senior Iranian military official says Iran will take full control of the Strait of Hormuz should Washington opt to launch aggression against Iran.


"The country's armed forces which are under the (Islamic Revolution) Leader's command are in the highest state of preparedness." head of the Operations Department of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Shademani was quoted by Mehr News Agency as saying on Tuesday.

"Three measures are in store to counter any potential aggression against the country", he said.

"The first action would be to take full control of the Strait of Hormuz whereby we wouldn't allow any move by anybody", the top military official underlined.

He said the enemy 'will be brought to its knees' as soon as it makes a move.

As for the second measure, General Shademani said, "We are keeping a close watch on all American military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq."

"With the slightest move against Iran, we will paralyze the troops stationed in those bases and won't allow them to make any move." he stressed.

The top general also elaborated on the third plan.

"Israel is the United States' backyard", he highlighted, "So we will disturb the peace there."

"The US and Israel well know that we can do it", he added.

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'Israel at stake, if it attacks Iran'
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:19AM

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says if Israel attacks the Bushehr nuclear plant, its whole existence will be put on the line.


In response to a question about Israel's claim to attack Bushehr nuclear plant at the time of its launch, General Vahidi told a press conference on Tuesday that any possible attack on Bushehr nuclear plant by Israel is indicative of its imprudence.

"This is indicative of the fact that they are basically opposed to Iran's progress, while all the details about the plant are clear and there is no reason to stop its operation," Mehr news agency quoted him as saying.

In case Israel bombards the nuclear plant, "we may lose a power plant, but the whole existence of the Zionist regime will be jeopardized," the Iranian defense minister reiterated.

The Islamic Republic will start injecting fuel into the reactor of the plant next week and the process will be complete within three to four weeks.

The Bushehr plant in southern Iran was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, but its start-up has been repeatedly delayed.

Iranian officials say they have already completed the main tests for the plant.

The plant is expected to come online in September.

ASH/HRF

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Iran warns Israel against any attack
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:55AM

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Iran has downplayed Israeli threats of an attack on the country's first nuclear power plant, warning that any possible attack will yet draw a “harsh response” from Tehran.


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that Israel was unlikely to launch an attack on the Bushehr power plant and called such threats “repetitive.”

“We assume such threat as rhetoric. It is unlikely that the Zionist regime will embark on such a dangerous act,” he said. “Such threats are repetitive and have lost their effect.”

Mehmanparast further pointed out that any military action on a nuclear facility is banned under international law, as it will cause a humanitarian disaster.

The Iranian spokesperson also said that Iran will start injecting fuel into the reactor of the plant next week, adding that the process of fuel loading will be complete within three to four weeks.

The Bushehr plant was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, but its start-up has been repeatedly delayed.

Iranian officials say they have already completed the main tests for the plant which is expected to come online in September.

AR/HRF

http://www.presstv.com/detail/139043.html

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'US can participate in Iran N projects'
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:26PM

An Iranian technician works at the water purifying facility in the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the port city of Bushehr, February 25, 2009.
Iran is ready to cooperate with "any country," including the United States, in building nuclear power plants, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says.


When asked whether Iran would cooperate with the US on future nuclear projects, Ramin Mehmanparast said, “We are ready to cooperate with any company from any country which is capable of building such facilities with high standard.”

“These are big economic projects and there will certainly be much competition between different countries,” he added.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced on Monday that Iran plans to build at least 10 new uranium enrichment sites.

He said the construction of one of these facilities would start by the end of the current Iranian year (March 2011) or the beginning of next year.

Iran's first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr will go online on August 21.

Fuel for the plant, which is provided by Russia, will be gradually fed into it in the coming weeks, Mehmanparast said.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony in Bushehr.

AKM/HGH

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Iranian lawmaker Kazem Jalali dismisses US threat of a military strike on the Bushehr nuclear power plant as a "political bluff."


"No one can attack a power plant into which [nuclear] fuel is being injected," the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission spokesman said Tuesday.

An attack on the Bushehr nuclear plant, which is to be lunched on August 21," is against international protocols," Jalali was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying.

"We consider most of the threats issued by the Americans as political bluffs, and in reality such moves are merely [part of] a psychological warfare campaign against the country," he said.

Jalali added that Iran was fully prepared to give a crushing response to any act of aggression against the country.

Accusing Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program, Western countries led by the US have imposed unilateral sanctions in addition to the UN Security Council resolution against Iran.

The allegations come despite assurances from the International Atomic Energy Agency on the non-diversion of the country's nuclear activities.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop a nuclear program for peaceful purposes.

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