Xinhua – February 8, 2009
An Iranian commander on Monday warned the enemies against any invasion of the country, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
"Our enemies must know that clashing with the Islamic Republic (of Iran) means getting stuck in a huge quagmire which will kill them," Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi said.
Hejazi made the remarks amid global attempts to pacify tension between the West and Iran by drawing upon the dialogues.
The U.S. new president Barack Obama recently expressed his inclination to talk to Iran directly and openly.
The U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also said on Saturday at the security conference in Germany that the Obama administration is determined to establish "a new tone" and "we will be willing to talk to Iran."
Iranian officials, however, are not so optimistic towards the U.S. new policies which according to them does not recognize the country's right to use "peaceful" nuclear technology.
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that his country expected "change" not just in "tone" and "tactic" but in the strategic policy of the United States.
He had already warned the U.S. and its Western allies that "the carrot and stick policy (toward Iran) must be dropped."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged earlier this month that the international community should tighten sanctions on Iran in light of its launch of the first home-made satellite on Tuesday.
The United States and Israel have consistently refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program.
Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Last updated 12/02/2009