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Iran warns any attack would start world war
Updated: 2008-08-31 10:01

TEHRAN -- Deputy chief of Iran's armed forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said here on Saturday that any aggression on Iran would start a world war, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Any aggression against Iran will start a world war," and "the unrestrained greed of the US leadership is leading the world to the edge of a precipice," the report quoted him as saying.

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"In case of any confrontation, the fake regimes are the first to be eliminated," he added.

Jazayeri's remark came amid reports that an armada of US and European warships will be deployed in the Gulf in an unprecedented build-up.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Jafari said Wednesday that it is possible for Iran to establish an independent headquarters of missiles.

The IRGC completed military maneuvers in the Gulf called Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3) in mid July to improve combat readiness and capability. Iran successfully test fired new long- and medium-range missiles in the drills.

Jafari said early this month that Iran has tested a new advanced naval weapon, which is "unique in the world" and can target the enemy at the range of 300 km.

The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the US charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.