Newscast Media TEHRAN—The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran will continue to increase the number of centrifuges in its nuclear facilities despite the sanctions that have been imposed on the country.
“The sanctions have targeted our people and cancer patients. The centrifuges will increase day by day, and we will continue our program according to the plans that we announce to the agency and under the supervision of the agency, and enrichment will never be halted,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told Al-Alam News Network in an interview published on Monday.
“The purpose behind keeping Iran’s dossier open is to turn the International Atomic Energy Agency into a spy and intelligence organization,” he stated.
The Iranian ambassador also stated that the UN nuclear watchdog should take Iran’s demands into consideration at negotiations, noting, “We must be assured that our security considerations will be taken into account and that the agency will fully protect our intelligence. And the agency must agree to provide us with the documents they claim to have.”
Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog have agreed to hold a new round of talks in Tehran on December 13. The latest round of talks between Iran and the IAEA was held in Vienna on August 24.
Source: Tehran Times
Newscast Media NEW YORK—An Iranian diplomat who was attacked while talking to reporters on Wednesday after Iran’s President Ahmadinejad gave his speech at the UN General Assembly, said the police was indifferent toward him after he was attacked.
Ramin Mehmanparast, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson separated from his entourage and went to the sidelines to talk to the press, when a group of Iranian refugees attacked him physically. The Iranian government asserts that the attackers were aligned with the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which the State Department might de-list from the list of terrorist organizations.
“Despite repeated requests for police’s help we were witnessing a kind of indifference by American police,” the diplomat said. “The United States as the host country is responsible for protecting the lives of diplomats. I think the American and European people are very worried that their officials have put support for such groups (MKO) on their agenda,” he added. Below is a heavily edited AP video of the attack:
Ramin Mehmanparast, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson being attacked by refugees
Amateur video of assault on Iranian diplomat
Attacks on foreign diplomats are not unusual in host countries. George W. Bush was attacked in Iraq while giving a speech when the attacker threw shoes at him. Recently American diplomats were attacked and killed in Libya, and the US had to evacuate diplomats from Egypt because of the violence targeted to US foreign diplomats.
As for the Iranian diplomat who was attacked by his own countrymen, the problem lies in a lapse with security. There should have been a buffer zone where protesters were confined, much like at the RNC convention in Tampa, Florida where virtually the entire downtown was sealed off from protesters and only credentialed personnel were permitted access to politicians and the venue. New York is too big to be sealed off, but a buffer can be created to protect diplomats in the future.
Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran has called rumors that Tehran embraces an overthrow or regime change of Syria “sheer lies” and has pledged its steadfast support for the Syrian people and Bashar al-Assad, Fars News Agency reports.
According to FNA, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Iran’s stance on Syria is “clear and transparent”, and stressed the recent claims that Iran has consented to the fall of the Syrian president are “untrue”.
“Supporting the Syrian people and Bashar Assad’s reforms has always been at the center of Iran’s attention,” Abdollahian underscored.
He pointed to the meeting of the so-called Contact Group on Syria in Cairo, and reminded that the group has agreed on “political solution to Syria, cessation of hostilities and stop of arms shipments to rebel groups, negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups, and democratic decision-making about the future of Syrian by the country’s people and through election”.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about defending Syria’s national sovereignty as (part of) an axis of resistance against the Zionist regime and will stay on the side of that nation,” Boroujerdi said in a meeting with head of the Syrian parliament’s Foreign Affairs Commission Fadiya Daib and head of the National Security Commission Mohammad Sobhi Abu al-Shamat here in Tehran.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad is currently in New York attending his last UN General Assembly meeting as president. When asked in an interview yesterday by Al-Monitor whether he will retire from politics after his presidency he replied, “Of course, I cannot be away from a political atmosphere. Wherever I am, politics will follow me.” http://newscastmedia.com/iran-syria.htm
Newscast Media TEHRAN—The Iranian navy has concluded missile drills in the Persian
Gulf in which a large mock-target, the size of a warship was sank in 50 seconds after
four missiles were fired at it, Press TV reports.
In recent weeks, the US navy and more than three dozen countries have been
conducting mine-sweeping exercises at sea around Bahrain.
According to IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, “Iran’s missile systems
can reach the entire Persian Gulf coastline and beyond where the US bases are.”
The U.S. military says these exercises are strictly “defensive,” but it is obvious they
are preparing for any contingencies in case Iran closes or threatens to close the
Strait of Hormuz. It is estimated that over 500 vessels sail through Hormuz carrying
fuel to the rest of the world.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad is currently in New York, and is scheduled to speak at the United
Nations General Assembly. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly warned Israel against striking
the Islamic Republic, saying it would trigger World War III.
Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s Press TV is reporting that a senior Iranian lawmaker has confirmed that the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone has been decoded, making such an achievement a turning point in the Islamic Republic’s technological breakthrough.
“The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in a major and successful move has decoded the records on the downed US RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone. It is a turning point in Iran’s capabilities and technological progress,” the Chairman of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday.
Boroujerdi went on say that the move shows the capabilities of the skillful Iranian scientists in making an Iranian reconnaissance drone, more advanced than the American one.
On December 4, the Iranian military’s electronic warfare unit announced that the country has successfully downed the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth reconnaissance aircraft inside Iran with minimal damage.
The aircraft, designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, had crossed into Iran’s airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.
Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced on April 22, 2012, that Iran had successfully decoded all the records on the downed US Sentinel reconnaissance drone.
“There were numerous codes, but we obtained all the information on its memory, including the protocols, repairs and flight sorties; for instance, the data of a flight after repairs in 2010 or the [drone's] deployment in the operation against [slain al-Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden in Pakistan,” said Rear Admiral Fadavi.
Last year, the U.S. attempted to persuade Iran to return the drone, but Iran insisted that the drone was a gift from the USA to Iran, and it is considered rude to return a gift to someone who sent it.
Newscast Media NEW DELHI, India — The Times of India reported yesterday that there had been an attack on the Israeli embassy in India, targeting an embassy car in New Delhi, leaving an Israeli female diplomat critically injured. The same day authorities in Tbilisi, Georgia, said that a car bomb was planted on an Israeli embassy car, but the bomb was diffused in time.
The attacks were blamed on Iran with Netanyahu vowing to act “with a firm hand” to eradicate “international terror coming from Iran.”
On Tuesday, police in Israel also raised the state of alert across the country, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
“Israeli police have increased the general state of alert in Israel, with emphasis on security in public places and areas, including foreign embassies and places of foreign interest, such as the airport,” he told AFP.
However, Iran has denied any such attacks and has an interesting take on the incidents. According to the Tehran Times, an Iranian lawmaker says that the terrorist acts are being carried out by Tel Aviv itself with the aim of diverting attention from the assassination of Iranian scientists by the Mossad.
He believes Israel has is blaming the Islamic Republic “to acquit itself from the assassination of our country’s scientists and divert the world public opinion in this regard,” Esmaeil Kowsari told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday. Kowsari who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee also said it is not unprecedented that Israelis take such actions against themselves in order to achieve their “mischievous” political purposes.
Israel said they feel very secure in India, and have the full cooperation of the Indian authorities.
“It is very clear to me that no one in India is going to tolerate such a vicious attack on diplomats on its soil,” Israeli ambassador Alon Ushpiz told TimesNow television.
The ambassador, however, declined to discuss security issues related to the Israeli embassy and its staff in India. http://newscastmedia.com/embassy-attacks.html
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — In an effort to curb Iran’s nuclear program, the European Union agreed to place an embargo against crude oil exports from Iran, to prevent the country from funding its nuclear ambitions. In early London deals, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in March climbed 56 cents to $110.42 a barrel. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for March, edged up five cents to $98.38 a barrel.
After talks held in Brussels on Monday amongst dignitaries of 27 EU nations, a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said: “There is a political agreement on an oil embargo.”
China is opposed to any kind of sanctions and has said: “Iran is also an extremely big oil supplier to China, and we hope that China’s oil imports won’t be affected, because this is needed for our development,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun told a news conference in answer to a question about whether Beijing could curtail crude from Iran under US pressure.
The deal is to be formally approved by EU foreign ministers meeting and comes as the United States and allied nations accuse Iran of developing an atomic bomb. Tehran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful, civilian use.
The embargo meanwhile provides for an immediate ban on importing Iranian crude and a gradual phase-out of existing contracts between now and July 1. Greece’s dependence on Iranian oil had been holding up an accord on the timing and conditions of the embargo as the financially strapped nation relies on Iran for more than a third of its crude.
Iran sells around 20 percent of its crude to EU nations, with Greece, Spain and Italy the top buyers.
Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran — In a series of upcoming ground war games scheduled to take place in Eastern Iran, the Iranian Army Ground Force will be testing its equipment, a senior military official announced. Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told Fars News Agency that his forces will stage the dills in Eastern parts of Iran in February.
In regard to the details of the drills, Pourdastan said, “In the wargames, the latest equipment and combat systems of the Ground Force together with modern combat tactics will be tested and evaluated.”
The announcement came a day after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force ended a series of military exercises in Iran’s Eastern regions. The drills, codenamed as Shohaday-e Vahdat (Martyrs of Unity), were carried out in Khaf general zone, East of Iran.
Exercising tactical strategies and asymmetric tactics of the IRGC combat units was among the main objectives of the drills.
The IRGC’s new drills came less than a week after Iranian Navy wrapped up its 10-day naval drills in the international waters in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
This psychological warfare has been going on for the last few months, between the West and Iran. The Islamic Republic has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.
Source: Fars News Agency
Newscast Media TEHRAN — Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press conference on Thursday that the naval maneuvers dubbed Velay at 90 will start on Saturday and will cover an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden. According to Sayyari, this is the first time that Iran’s Navy carries out naval drills in such a vast area.
He added the exercises will manifest Iran’s military prowess and defense capabilities in the international waters, convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries, and test the newest military equipment among other objectives of the drills.
Rear Admiral Sayyari said that the newest missile systems and torpedoes will be employed in the maneuvers, adding that the most recent tactics used in subsurface battles will also be demonstrated in the maneuvers.
He also said that Iranian destroyers, missile-launching vessels, logistic vessels, drones and coastal missiles will also be tested. Iran stages several air, land and sea war games each year to test its newly produced weapons and equipments.
In the last naval drills staged by the Iranian Army, in May 2010 a six-staged naval maneuver was held, codenamed Vellay at 89, in the Strait of Hormuz and Northern Indian Ocean.
Source: FARS News Agency
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Hezbollah attacked Israel’s warship with the C-802 missile, Israel was alarmed and unprepared to respond. To Iran, that was a major victory, yet the question remains—how did they build it? Secret files by the U.S. government show that France, China and Israel supplied Iran the upgrades for the C-802. This was not an isolated incident of Tel Aviv helping Tehran. The Israelis brokered arms to Iran during the bloody Iran Iraq War in the 1980s. Israel has a long history of cooperating with China in arms deals.
According to information revealed in these files that were first accessed by veteran journalist Joe Trento, the Chinese had been shipping the C-802s to Iran, but by 2001 they had stopped. By then the Iranians had reverse-engineered the missile and were successfully building a much more advanced version than China had in its own arsenal. The anti-ship missile can travel about 60 kilometers, has over-the-horizon radar capability and can carry a conventional, nuclear or chemical warhead.
However, a study at Harvard shows that the missile’s reach has been upgraded and can now travel up to 120 kilometers. The C-802 can accelerate from zero to mach one in seconds. What gives Navy defenders against the missile problems is that a few kilometers before it encounters the target, the C-802 descends from an altitude of between 75 to 100 feet down to wave top, about nine feet above sea level before it punctures the hull of a ship. It is that kind of maneuverability that makes the C-802 so difficult to defend against, according to Navy weapons experts. Below is a video of the C-802 missile.
Iran’s reverse-engineered C-802 Saccade missile
What is oxymoronic about the secret files on how Iran manufactured the C-802, and the countries involved, is that they are labeled top secret, yet they have made available for anyone to view or download at this site.
Candidates like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seem to be so trigger-happy to lead the U.S. into another war. This is because they themselves have never been in combat nor have their families, so it is easy to try and compensate for a lack of military experience by sounding like a tough guy.
My assessment is that Obama will not lead us into war with Iran, because he appears to genuinely want to resolve the conflict through alternative means than war. Should he lose the election, it will be a GOP candidate who will attempt to wage war against Iran. However, upon reviewing the data that all other U.S. presidents who refused to lead the U.S. into a war with Iran have viewed, then that GOP president, will be forced to consider the consequences of his or her actions, considering the mistakes that have already been made, from the capture of CIA spies by Iran, to Iran’s capture of the “Beast of Kandahar” RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone.
Sun Tzu said: “He wins his battles by making no mistakes. Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already conquered. Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy. (The Art of War, page 18).
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the most severe issues that will arise, should the U.S. attack Iran is that the Strait of Hormuz will be blocked, through which 40 percent of the world’s oil travels. The effects here at home will be obvious in relation to gas prices, but this is even a greater incentive for the Chinese to intervene on behalf of Iran.
The Chinese, just like the Russians are eager to study the downed drone, because the U.S. has been making a lot of noise about China, and Hillary Clinton is perceived by the Russians as someone who is interfering with Russian politics. Iran will definitely give the Chinese and Russians access to this new technology, and might even grant access to the North Koreans, who are believed to be helping the Iranians in developing nuclear technology. Nobody knows what the Iranians will ask in exchange for granting them unrestricted access to the drone. Essentially what happened is that the U.S. did the research and developed the technology, now Russia, China and Iran are getting it for free.
However, since the Iranians have been preparing for war for over a decade, it must be noted that they have advanced themselves in sophisticated weaponry especially at sea. The Iranian navy commander—Rear Adm. Sajad Kouchaki, one of the architects of the country’s naval doctrine—recently claimed that Iranian submarines continually monitor U.S. naval movements, frequently at close range, and have even passed underneath American aircraft carriers and other warships undetected. Below is a video showing the Geography of the Persian Gulf.
This video was shot before Iran captured the U.S. stealth drone—which changed the entire
dynamics about how Iran is now viewed, given its superior electronic
warfare unit that enabled it to capture and land the drone.
In my previously written articles, I indicated how the Iranians have literally taken a page out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. In regard to the downed stealth drone, it was one of the prized possessions of the U.S. to the point where commandos were planning on entering Iran in an attempt to retrieve it, but the mission was later aborted because it would have been viewed as violation of Iranian territory, according to this FOX News report.
The Washington Institute for near east policy did extensive research on Iran’s Doctrine of Asymmetric Naval Warfare, and found that Iran has sought to improve its ability to achieve surprise attacks by employing low-observable technologies (such as radar-absorbent paints), strict communications discipline, stringent emissions control measures, passively or autonomously guided weapons systems (such as the Kowsar series of television-guided antiship missiles), and sophisticated command-and-control arrangements.
The report concluded that current Iranian naval deployments are aimed at deterring an American attack and—in the event of hostilities—entrapping and destroying U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf, at which time U.S. regional bases would be targeted with rocket and missile strikes as well. Read entire report.
One summer day in 1999, I was in Dallas, Texas driving to a meeting. Something that struck me was that the cars seemed to be stalling for almost half a mile, even though it was not rush hour. I couldn’t imagine why the traffic jam was occurring. I patiently waited to get to my exit, and as I approached it, I noticed something unusual. There were cars parked on the side of the road, right below the overpass, and the motorists were standing outside yelling something.
I found the whole spectacle intriguing, so I decided to investigate and see what all the commotion was about. Several feet above the freeway, a man is standing at the edge of the overpass attempting to grow wings. He has given up on life and wants to take his own life by leaping into the busy traffic below him. The man has one of his legs over the concrete blocks and it seems that any moment he will certainly grow wings. Behind the man is an entire squad of police officers yelling:”Don’t jump! Don’t jump!” Below him, the motorists who have stepped out of their cars are yelling at him:”Jump! Jump!”
Right now there are several voices whispering in Obama’s ear. Some are encouraging him to attack Iran, others are telling him not to do it. The voice that is most prominent, will eventually get its way. Luckily, the man in Dallas who was trying to take his life was successfully tackled by the cops, who saved him from making a fatal decision. Go to Part III and read the final installation>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tensions between Israel and Iran continue to rise, and inevitably the U.S. will be dragged into the conflict, therefore the events that are unfolding in the Persian Gulf are worthy of close examination. What is clear is that Israel intended to launch and attack on Iran with or without the green light from its allies. What is not clear is whether such an attack is now even possible, considering the recent developments in the region.
As reported and broadcast by Iranian media, a US RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone was downed by Iran and displayed for the world to view. The U.S. claims the Sentinel malfunctioned and downed itself. However, that explanation is highly unlikely because the drone would have crashed to the ground at high impact, destroying most of the vehicle. Iran says that drone was shot from the sky, yet they did not explain what equipment was used to shoot the unmanned vehicle, and how the drone could still be in mint condition with no apparent damage. Experts hypothesize that it was Iran’s electronic warfare unit that downed the drone through hacking, and subsequently gaining control over it, allowing it to be safely landed on Iranian soil.
Even if the Iranians were able to jam the satellites that control the drone and configure its functionality then safely land it, they would not publicize such information, and that’s the biggest problem the West is facing right now. Any plans to attack the Islamic Republic have been thwarted, and it would be foolish for any country to go to war with an adversary that they are not familiar with. Washington and Jerusalem are yet to figure out how the drone was intercepted yet it was supposed to be the most sophisticated spy plane in the world. We can therefore deduce that if the most sophisticated plane could easily be captured by Iran, then they have technologies that are a just as sophisticated or even more sophisticated, than the U.S. and Israel had initially thought. You do not rush into war with such an enemy, unless you fully understand the enemy’s modus operandi.
In 2006, during the Israel-Hezbollah war, the Israelites underestimated their adversaries, and found themselves in for a big surprise. Iran had sent some of its engineers to assist Hezbollah in operating the war equipment. Using an unmanned drone, Iran disabled and overrode the Israeli warship INS Hanit’s defense mechanism, leaving it open to attack. An Iranian version of a reverse-engineered Chinese missile was launched, and the C-802 missile bombed the Israeli warship. The Iranians accomplished two important undertakings. First they used a drone that evaded the ship’s radar, to disarm the ship; then they used the C-802 to attack the defenseless vessel. Below is the video of the attack on Israel’s warship:
You can clearly see Israel’s Hanit blow up after the C-802 is launched and recorded in real time
According to veteran journalist Joseph Trento who has spent more than 35 years as an investigative journalist, Washington and Jerusalem were startled by the attack. Iran had succeeded in launching an attack using Hezbollah as a proxy army, and Israel saw the attack coming, but could not do anything to stop it.
The missile that hit the Hanit was an Iranian-made variant of a stealthy, turbojet-powered, Chinese weapon. It’s considered along with the US Harpoon as among the best anti-ship missiles in the world.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” one Western intelligence official told Trento, speaking about the warhead. According to Joseph Trento, who secured a meeting with a Pentagon source, he asked one CIA official what the United States knew about the C-802. The answer was not reassuring: “The U.S. doesn’t have one. We don’t know how to defend [against] it.”
How Iran disabled Israel’s Warship defense system
Because the C-802 is a variant of a Chinese missile, it is reasonable to assert that Iran also developed the technology that disarmed Israel’s warship, based on the Chinese model or blueprint of such technology. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), High-Power Microwave (HPM) Weapons also called Radio Frequency Weapons (RFWs) or E-bombs, which are non-nuclear devices that can be used to disable the electronic circuits of nearby enemy civilian and military systems, are suspected to be part of China’s arsenal. This explains how after the Chinese sold the Iranians the missiles, they could have also passed on this technology since Iran is a strong ally.
An electromagnetic warhead detonated within lethal radius of a surface combatant will render its air defense system inoperable, as well as damaging other electronic equipment such as electronic countermeasures, electronic support measures and communications. This leaves the vessel undefended until these systems can be restored, which may or may not be possible on the high seas.
So far, the U.S. admits it has no defense on the seas against the C-802, and Washington is still alarmed as to how the world’s best stealth plane was captured, which is a sign that they had undermined Iran’s aerial capabilities. Without the knowledge of how the drone was captured, and without knowing how to defend itself against the C-802, it is very unlikely that the U.S. and Israel go to war with Iran with that missing information, as some are predicting.
Some other reasons are: (i) Every stealth fighter including the B2 bomber would have to be rebuilt and coated with a more technologically advanced material on the outside to render it undetectable. (ii) The U.S. would have to rapidly develop technologies to counter the C-802, if it plans to fight on the seas. (iii) Developing, testing and perfecting such technologies takes years to accomplish, not months. (iv) China has said that it will defend Iran if attacked to protect its interests. (v) The U.S. has acknowledged China’s might in this document prepared by the Congressional Research Service, and outlines problems it faces if confrontation with China occurs. (vi) A new alliance may form between Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan and even North Korea. With such nuclear arsenal of East vs. West, even a power-hungry president would have to be a crazy lunatic, to engage such a formidable alliance.
There are some who claim Obama will start a war late in summer of 2012 with Iran to convince his voters that he is a strong president. It is highly unlikely that these technologies will be developed and perfected within 10 months for him to be able to pull off such a stunt. Without knowing how the Iranians downed the drone, and how to counter such future mishaps, one cannot develop a defense system and be 100 percent cocksure that it will be impenetrable by the enemy’s camp.
Remember, Iran has been preparing for war with the U.S. for over a decade, and seems to be more prepared for an attack than any other country the U.S. has ever encountered. Attacking Iran will be no cake-walk, and as someone who has not only been in a war zone, but also lived in it, I can tell you from personal experience that war is hell. Find out more on Part II about the ongoing Iran-US war game >>
Newscast Media TEHRAN — Iran dares Israel to attack, because the retaliation would send the Jewish state to “the dustbin of history,” a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said, according to the Fars news agency Monday.
“Our greatest wish is that they commit such a mistake,” the chief of the Guards’ Aerospatiale division, Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, was quoted as saying. “For some time there has been a hidden energy we hope to expend to consign the enemies of Islam forever to the dustbin of history,” he said. “Our ballistic (missile) capacity never ceases to grow,” he added.
These comments came as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to rule out speculations about a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, again insisting that the “time has come” to deal with Iran.
“I don’t think that that is a subject for public discussion. But I can tell you that the (International Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the public, and people understand that the time has come,” Barak claimed in an interview with CNN on Sunday without being questioned about Tel Aviv’s reported possession of nuclear warheads.
Barak’s remarks were described by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi as futile attempts to wage a psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.
The US and Israeli threats stem from their weakness and incapability and they sound more like psychological operations, Vahidi said on Sunday.
Source: Al-Manar TV Lebanon