Revolutionary Guards chief says Iran's economy targeted
AFP | January 31, 2007
The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards warned Wednesday that Iran's "enemies" have targeted its economy in a standoff over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, ISNA news agency reported.
General Yahya Rahim Safavi said they "seek to strike our economy to create dissatisfaction among the people by adopting a (UN) resolution, sanctions, limiting financial activities and reducing oil prices".
The Iranian government must remain "alert in order to combat this plot", the commander urged.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on December 23 imposing sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear and missile programmes for its refusal to suspend controversial nuclear work.
Safavi did not rule out the possibility of a "tougher resolution" against Iran when a two-month time limit runs out for Iran to heed Security Council demands to suspend uranium enrichment.
But he described as "very weak" the chances of a military attack against Iran, citing "comprehensive intelligence about the movements of the enemies' forces, especially the Americans and the Zionist regime in the region".
Rising US accusations against Tehran and the deployment of a second US aircraft carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf have sparked fears that Washington is contemplating a military strike to curb Iran's nuclear drive.
But US President George W. Bush said in an interview on Monday that he had no plans to invade Iran, which the United States accuses of seeking to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme.
Iran denies the charges, insisting it only wants to generate energy.
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