Iran is not afraid of hollow threat by a bunch of Zionists

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) speaking to Japanese broadcasting organization NHK in New York on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has downplayed the Israeli regime’s threatening remarks against the Islamic Republic.

“Iran is a great country, which, throughout history, has repeatedly been subjected to attacks, but has always fared [well] through tough periods,” he said, speaking to Japanese broadcasting organization NHK on the sidelines of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the president’s official website reported on Tuesday.

“And, today, [the country] is not afraid of hollow threat by a bunch of Zionists either,” Ahmadinejad added.

The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened to take military action against Iran in order to force the Islamic Republic to halt its uranium enrichment program, which Washington and Tel Aviv claim includes a military component.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  Continue reading

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Israel will attack Iran if May 23 nuke talks fail: report

An Israeli F-15 takes off at the Hatzerim Air Force Base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba in this 2008 file photo. AP photo

Israel is ready to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the event that May 23 nuclear talks in Baghdad fail to bear results, daily Milliyet reported today.

Milliyet’s report cited Israeli broadcaster Channel 10 as its source, which claims to have interviewed Israeli military officers in recent weeks to reveal the details of a planned attack on Iran.

Dozens of Israeli strike bombers, escort fighters, tanker planes, electronic warfare planes and rescue helicopters are to take part in an operation aimed at crippling Iran’s nuclear program, Channel 10 reportedly said.

F-15E “Strike Eagle” warplanes are expected to spearhead the attack on Iran as they are the planes with the longest operational range in the Israeli Air Force, the report said. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) called “Eitans,” or “Herons,” are also reportedly set to participate in the attack. Continue reading

Iranian navy shadows USS Abraham Lincoln through Hormuz Strait

USS Abraham Lincoln (AFP Photo / US Navy)

Iranian patrol boats and planes have trailed the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

Iran’s navy never approached the battle group closer than half a mile, making a point to stay in the Iranian waters. Radar operators also revealed an Iranian drone and surveillance helicopter zooming in the Persian country’s airspace near the strategic strait. A patrol plane buzzed over the Lincoln, said Rear Adm. Troy Shoemaker, commander of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Force.

We would do the same things off the coast of the United States… It’s more than reasonable. We’re operating in their backyard,” he said.

Flanked by several choppers and enforced by the cruiser USS Cape St. George and destroyer USS Sterett, the American battle group passed the narrow strait without incident, reports the Associated Press. Continue reading

The West Blinks – Iran Embargo Likely To Be Delayed By Six Months

By Tyler Durden on 01/12/2012 14:12 -0500

Source: Zero Hedge

UPDATE: Oil Sub $100.

And so the escalation ends, if only for the time being, as Iran chalks a (Pyrrhic?) victory.

  • EU IRAN OIL EMBARGO SAID TO BE LIKELY DELAYED BY SIX MONTHS

Why? Because the world slowly realized that the potential surge in oil prices would tip a world already on the verge of a recession even deeper into economic contraction. Not rocket science, but certainly something the US president apparently has been unable to comprehend, especially if hoping that he would merely transfer exports from Iran to his close ally Saudi Arabia which would cement its European market monopoly even further. Or, perhaps, someone just explained to Obama that Embargo in January + QE3 in March = No Reelection…

In other news, crude is now dumping.

Reuters on the topic earlier:

U.S. allies in Asia and Europe voiced support on Thursday for Washington’s drive to cut Iran’s oil exports, though fear of self-inflicted economic pain is curbing enthusiasm for an embargo that a defiant Iran says will not halt its nuclear programme.

On Thursday, Japan, whose economy is already deep in the doldrums after cuts in its nuclear power supply following last year’s tsunami, pledged to take concrete action to cut its oil imports from Iran in response to an appeal for support from visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

However, Tokyo’s support was not without reservations.

Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Japan buys 10 percent of its oil from Iran. “We would like to take action concretely to further reduce in a planned manner,” he said. But he added: “It would cause immense damage if they were cut to zero.”

The European Union is more sympathetic to U.S. pressure on Iran. EU foreign ministers are expected to agree on a ban on imports of Iranian crude oil on Jan. 23.

However, even Europe, whose governments largely share the concern of Israel and Washington over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, is looking for ways to limit the pain of an embargo.

“We expect a slow and gradual implementation of what will eventually become a full embargo,” said Mike Wittner from Societe Generale. “Europe has the same concerns about its fragile economy and an oil price spike as the U.S., probably even more”.

Firms in Iran’s three biggest EU oil customers, Italy, Spain and Greece, all suffering acute economic discomfort, have lately extended existing purchase deals in the hope to at least delay the impact of any embargo for months, traders told Reuters.

The European Union is more sympathetic to U.S. pressure on Iran. EU foreign ministers are expected to agree on a ban on imports of Iranian crude oil on Jan. 23.

However, even Europe, whose governments largely share the concern of Israel and Washington over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, is looking for ways to limit the pain of an embargo.

“We expect a slow and gradual implementation of what will eventually become a full embargo,” said Mike Wittner from Societe Generale. “Europe has the same concerns about its fragile economy and an oil price spike as the U.S., probably even more”.

Firms in Iran’s three biggest EU oil customers, Italy, Spain and Greece, all suffering acute economic discomfort, have lately extended existing purchase deals in the hope to at least delay the impact of any embargo for months, traders told Reuters.

Iran warns US carrier off Persian Gulf

Commander of Iran's Army Major General Ataollah Salehi

Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi has warned a US aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf, adding that the warning comes “only once.”

On December 30, 2011 the Iranian Navy identified and recorded footage and images of the USS John C. Stennis in the area where Iran is currently holding naval military exercises.

General Salehi said on Tuesday that we recommend and warn the aircraft carrier not to return to its previous position in the Persian Gulf, “since we are not in the habit of repeating a warning and we warn only once.”

The USS John C. Stennis has left the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. It is one of the US navy’s biggest warships. The nuclear-powered vessel carries around 3,300 personnel most of whom are air crew. It can also carry 50 fighter jets and 6 helicopters. The carrier passed through Forouzan oil platforms and Farsi Island.

Iran’s Navy launched a massive 10-day naval exercise, codenamed “Velayat 90”, on December 24. The drill covers an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Major General Salehi said the experiences of Iran’s Navy such as its presence in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have enhanced the combat power of the Iranian forces.

“Our actions in sea are neither passive nor aggressive, but are rather aimed at training in free waters and safeguarding the interests of Iran and Islamic countries,” the Iranian commander added.

Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The country has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation’s defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.

Source: Press TV

Commander Underlines Iran’s Firm Resolve in Confrontation with US – “The US is not in a position to affect Iran’s decisions”

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined Tehran’s resolve to utilize all its capabilities and possibilities to defend itself against enemies, and said Iran does not ask for the US permission to close the Strait of Hormuz.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not ask for the permission of any country for implementing its defensive strategies,” Salami told reporters in Tehran on Thursday.

He underlined that Americans are not in a position to allow or not allow Iran to do what it wants. “The US is not in a position to affect Iran’s decisions,” he said, and added, “The Americans are not qualified to give us permission for carrying out our military strategy.”

“Whenever the vital interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran are threatened, we will use threat against threat as we have not doubt about implementing our defensive strategies for defending our vital values and we will act more resolutely than ever,” the General added.  Continue reading