15 April 2008 02:54
Iran would “eliminate Israel from the global arena” if it was attacked by the Jewish state, the deputy commander of the army warned on Tuesday, amid an intensifying war of words between the two foes.
“We are not worried by Israeli manoeuvres, but if Israel takes such action against the Islamic Republic of Iran, we will eliminate it from the global arena,” Mohammad Reza Ashtiani was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
His comments come a week after Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer warned that any Iranian attack against Israel “would lead to the destruction of the Iranian nation”.
Israel test-fires ‘Iran’ missile
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008
17:30 MECCA TIME, 14:30 GMT
Israel has conducted a test of a ballistic missile aimed at simulating an Iranian attack on Israel.
The test of the “Blue Sparrow” on Tuesday came after Israel’s foreign minister said in Qatar the day before that Iran represented “the extremists in the region” and was “a threat and challenge to the entire region”.
Mohammed Rada Ashtiani, the deputy commander of the Iranian army, responded on Tuesday by saying that they would “eliminate it from the global arena” if Israel took any action against them.
Israel’s missile test follows confirmation from a senior Israeli defence official that the US has agreed to connect the Jewish state to its ballistic missile early warning system “to protect” the regime against any missile attack.
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