Iran's defense minister warns Israel

Dec. 26, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- An Israeli attack on Iran will spell the end of Tel Aviv, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi warned amid a wide scale navy drill in the Straits of Hormuz.

"The Zionist regime is completely isolated and under no circumstances it can attack Iran unless she wants to commit a suicide," the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Vahidi saying Sunday night. "It is due to the fact that it will receive deadly strikes from Iran which will make it unstable.

"Iran is in a unique position in all areas, including manufacture of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, as well as defense and assault airplanes. Iran has also made great progress in electronic warfare technology, aviation industries and missile technology," Vahidi said.

Vahidi Saturday said the Islamic Republic's military forces have tracked down locations that will enable them to "paralyze the enemy" in any potential military engagement, Press TV reported.

"That war is a kind of war we are not looking for, however, if the enemy seeks to take action, we will use all aspects of our capabilities in sophisticated areas," the defense minister said.

Vahidi also lauded the recent interception of a U.S. drone, calling it a great achievement.

"The U.S. by violating Iran's airspace not only violated international law, it also undermined the rights of Iran and Afghanistan, which unfortunately faced silence of international bodies, especially in the United Nations," he said.

Iran launched a widespread navy drill Saturday spanning a 1,250 mile radius from the southern edge of the Arabian Sea into the Gulf of Aden. The drill is expected to last another eight days.

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