Again and again, Iran rattles its sabre, making the same statements over and over, as if they will gain traction by repeated spewings. The time is rapidly approaching where Iran will have to either crap or get off the pot. The next few months are shaping up to be crucial in the end game that is Iran's nuclear program; with 100Kg of 20% uranium Iran can build a low yield weapon and anything above 29% will give them more weapons at a greater yield. Can the world afford to have Iran with their finger on a nuclear trigger? Once they acquire a bomb, what incentive will they have to not use it? They have proven they care not about the Iranian people, but on the prize of a defeated Israel and a scattered or dead Jewish people. Unless they can be convinced that their path is not a noble one, we will see a mushroom cloud on the horizon soon enough.
From Reuters/Yahoo Feb 5 by Parisa Hafezi
Iran threatens to hit any country used to attack its soil
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will target any country used as a launchpad for attacks against its soil, the deputy Revolutionary Guards commander said, expanding Tehran's range of threats in an increasingly volatile stand-off with world powers over its nuclear ambitions.
Last week, Iran's supreme clerical leader threatened reprisals for the West's new ban on Iranian oil exports and the U.S. defense secretary was quoted as saying Israel was likely to bomb Iran within months to stop it assembling nuclear weapons.
Although broadened and sharpened financial sanctions have begun to inflict serious economic pain in Iran, its oil minister asserted on Saturday it would make no nuclear retreat even if its crude oil exports ground to a halt.
Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian energy purposes. But its recent shift of uranium enrichment to a mountain bunker possibly impervious to conventional bombing, and refusal to negotiate peaceful guarantees for the program or open up to U.N. nuclear inspectors, have thickened an atmosphere of brewing confrontation, raising fears for Gulf oil supplies.
"Any spot used by the enemy for hostile operations against Iran will be subjected to retaliatory aggression by our armed forces," Hossein Salami, deputy head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, told the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday.
The Guards began two days of military maneuvers in southern Iran on Saturday in another show of force for Iran's adversaries associated with tensions over its disputed nuclear program.
The United States and Israel, Iran's arch-enemies, have not ruled out a military strike on Tehran if diplomacy fails to resolve the nuclear stalemate.
The diplomacy up to this point has been as toothless as any rural county in Kentucky. A series of strongly-worded memos, economic sanctions and our own brand of minor gun-slinging has produced nothing substantive, but it has given Tehran the time it needed to secure their facilities against conventional attacks, gather more centrifuges and enrich more uranium. Bully for us.
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