Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mehr News: "Plots," "Crazy Moves," and the "Train of Resolutions"

"Iranian general warns enemy not to make any crazy moves":
Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said here on Friday that if the bullying enemy wants to do something “crazy” it will surely be surprised by the firepower of the Iranian armed forces.

“Now, Iran’s defense capabilities are incomparable to the time of the Sacred Defense (1980-88 Iran-Iraq war),” Salehi said at an inauguration ceremony for the new projects of the army ground forces.

The Iranian military has developed a new air defense system with a boosted ability to hit targets by firing two missiles simultaneously, AFP quoted Iranian state radio as saying.

“This new air defense system which can shoot one or two missiles simultaneously... has been designed by army ground forces and tested successfully,” the report continued.

“It has high mobility and flexibility and can pursue aerial targets in any type of weather. Simultaneous firing increases the chances of defense missiles hitting” their targets, state radio said.
"'Train of resolutions' can be stopped through unity":
Supreme National Security Council Deputy Secretary Javad Vaeedi believes that the “train of resolutions” against Iran can be stopped if Iran’s nuclear officials and citizens maintain unity and make earnest efforts to prevent other UN Security Council resolutions from being adopted.

“The resolutions are meant to pressure the country from the inside, but if the Westerners see that they have no effect on the will of the Iranian people and government, they will be neutralized,” Vaeedi told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) in an interview published on Friday.

The Security Council’s five veto-wielding permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States -– plus Germany agreed on a package of broader UN sanctions against Iran on Thursday.

UN ambassadors from the six countries announced a deal on a new sanctions resolution that was submitted to the Security Council's 10 non-permanent members ahead of a vote expected next week.

Vaeedi said that if the world powers feel that the adoption of a resolution cannot divert Iranians from their path, “they will give it up.”[...]

Opposing the Islamic Republic is the United States’ standard policy, he said, adding, “One day they supported Saddam Hussein in his attack on Iran, the next day they downed an Iranian passenger airliner, and now they want to pressure us to halt our nuclear program.

“They said ‘no’ to our Islamic Revolution, resistance, and territorial integrity, but we stood against them firmly.” [...]
"U.S. behind all problems in Mideast":
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Thursday that the United States is behind all problems in the Middle East region.

“The problems in the regional countries especially in Iraq stem from U.S. plots to create division and today we can see the United States behind all problems in the region,” he said during a meting with Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri.

The two officials held talks on major regional issues especially Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Rafsanjani said that formation of joint committees and exchange of delegations can help Iran and Syria boost cooperation on oil and automobile industries, agriculture, and transportation.

The former president added Tehran, Damascus, and Baghdad have great potential for cooperation to boost security and stability in Iraq.

Al-Utri said Damascus is keen to use Iran’s industrial and scientific experiences in all areas.
Tags: Iran, Syria, Iraq, nukes

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