Tehran's Reaction to IAEA Report: Apprehension and Escalated Threats

(MEMRI) A. Savyon and Y. Mansharof - The IAEA's November 2011 report that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon increased apprehensions and concern in Tehran regarding a possible Western or Israeli strike against it. Iran also reacted by escalating its threats against the U.S. and Israel. Encouraged by Russia and China, which expressed their opposition to further sanctions, Tehran is threatening to carry out a forceful military strike against the U.S. and its allies if attacked, and even to destroy Israel. Though Iranian spokesmen stress their skepticism about the likelihood of a Western attack on Iran, Iran is nevertheless threatening to destroy Israel - both via its allies Hizbullah, Hamas, and Syria, and with a direct military strike against Israel's nuclear facilities and population centers - while stressing what it calls Israel's geographical, moral, and technological inferiority to Iran.

2011-11-16 00:00:00

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