'Stupid move' warning on US

Iran's army commander has warned the United States and other Western powers not to make any "stupid move" over Tehran's nuclear work.

'Stupid move' warning on US
Iran's army commander has warned the United States and other Western powers not to make any "stupid move" over Tehran's nuclear work.

Armed forces chief Ataollah Salehi also suggested they would be surprised by Iran's military response if they attacked.

The comments by the commander-in-chief of the army, reported by newspapers yesterday, were the latest in a series of defiant statements by Iran's leadership as the United Nations prepares to vote on new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Stronger

The United States says it would prefer a negotiated solution to the crisis, but has not ruled out military options. Salehi said Iran's military was stronger now than when Iran fought against Iraq in 1980-88.

"And if our bullying enemies make a stupid move, they will certainly be surprised," the daily Siyasat-e Rouz quoted him as saying on Friday.

Military experts say Iranian forces are no technological match for the US military but could still cause havoc in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

A draft resolution agreed by the UN Security Council's five members with veto power - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - and Germany was sent to the 15-nation Council on Thursday for a vote, expected next week.

Russia urged the United States to show more flexibility towards Iran to solve the crisis.

"On North Korea, they were able to show flexibility, they were able to reach a compromise and got away from demands in the form of ultimatums," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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