TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar warned of any Israeli attempt to carry out strike on Iran stressing that “Our response will have no time or geographical limit.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran follows its legitimate goals wisely and authoritatively. The Zionist Regime has lost its vigor to the extent that it can not tolerate even Iran’s snap reactions because our answer has no time or geographical restriction,” Najjar told FNA on Saturday.
He reiterated that “Any attack or aggression on Iran will be a foolish act, receiving a painful backlash. Iran’s reaction to such a situation will entail grave regret for the enemy.”
“Iranian armed forces in any rank are prepared to give a due response, although the Zionist Regime has grown so feeble that it couldn’t even face (the Lebanese) Hezbollah.”
The Iranian minister also referred to a three-day visit to Iran by his Syrian counterpart Hassan Turkmani, and said Iran-Syria defense cooperation under present sensitive conditions will relieve security concerns over Israel’s constant threats and intimidations.
“Tehran-Damascus defense relations will meet interests of the two countries and nations, while guaranteeing security of the Muslim and Arab nations and giving a message of friendship to whole the Muslim and Arab states,” the minister conveyed.
He also commented on the Syria-Israel indirect peace talks and their impacts on the Iran-Syria relations, especially in the defense domain, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports Syria in its drive to regain the Golan Heights, considering it a success for the country.”
He said that however, he believes Israel has not shown any sign of readiness to relinquish occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni last Thursday warned that Syria needs to “distance itself completely” from ties with Iran in order to reach a lull with Israel and regain control of its Golan Heights currently under Zionist occupation.
But Syria rejected any preconditions to the new peace negotiations with Israel involving both breaking its three-decade alliance with Iran and ending its intimate relations with Lebanese and Palestinian resistance groups.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday dismissed Israeli demands that Syria abandon an alliance with Iran as a requirement for a peace deal.
Assad told a visiting delegation of British parliamentarians that the Baath Party government intended to continue its strategic alliance with Iran.
Syria and Israel have just begun a Turkey-brokered dialogue of creating a comprehensive peace and ending the Golan Heights dispute.
Syria’s alliance with Muslim Iran dates back to 1980, when Damascus, alone in the Arab world, took Iran’s side in its 8-year defense against the Iraqi aggression. Syria has reinforced its links with the Islamic Republic over the last few years to counter pressure from the United States, including sanctions imposed by Washington in 2004