Sunday, March 17, 2013

Iran Says ‘All Options On The Table’ If Nuclear Program Is Attacked

Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on Saturday that Iranian commanders had been given the authority to give immediate response to any hostile action by the enemy. 
Jazayeri made the remarks in response to threats of military action against Iran over its nuclear program issued by a number of Israeli officials, according to Sepahnews. 
“The era of threat, intimidation, and the childish game of carrot and stick has come to an end, and if avaricious regimes and the hegemonic powers do not have a proper understanding of the current situation in the world and region, they will be faced with numerous and unforeseeable problems,” he said. 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Jazayeri said, “Mr. Obama, do not make a mistake. All our options are also on the table. Return to your country before getting more bogged down in the region’s quagmire.” 
In an interview with Israeli television broadcast on Thursday, 
President Barack Obama said that the United States had significant capabilities to curb Iran’s nuclear work and that he was keeping all options on the table, according to Reuters. 
Asked if he would order an attack on Iran should diplomacy fail, Obama said, “When I say that all options are on the table, all options are on the table.”
Israel has said it will resort to military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Some Western countries claim that the program may be aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran says its nuclear work is entirely peaceful.
The most recent round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) over the country’s nuclear program was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26 and 27, and the two sides agreed to meet again at the same venue in April.  
The meeting was reported to be a “partial” success, with the Iranian side saying that the six major powers had adopted a more realistic approach to the nuclear issue. 

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