February 21st, 2012
09:10 AM ET

Iran threatens preemptive action

Iran warned Tuesday it would strike against an "enemy" threatening it if needed to protect its national interests - even if the enemy didn't attack first.

Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, a deputy head of Iran's armed forces, said his country "will no more wait to see enemy action against us," according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

"Given this strategy, we will make use of all our means to protect our national interests and hit a retaliatory blow at them whenever we feel that enemies want to endanger our national interests," Hejazi said.

Fars added that in November, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had "warned enemies about Iran's tough response to any aggression or even threat."


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soundoff (15 Responses)

    One precise nuclear cruise missle up Khamenei's rectum will shut them all up.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    When is the zookeeper going to come along and tell this rotten kid (Iran) to stop throwing rocks at the gorilla? The temptation is just to open the cage and let nature take its course.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      nice analogy bombo! Israel will take care of these knuckle heads tho

      February 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    More sabre rattling...

    February 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reginald Dipwipple

    I'm worried about Iran. When a colleague of mine was sent there, he came back glowing.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well, at least he came back.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Iran reminds me of Eddie Haskell...always agitating...then acting nice-nice to the adults...
    They need to Shhhhhh.
    The adults can still hear.....

    February 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Israelis and us have been saying the same thing forever. Insanity all around.
    We should just hope that none of it comes to pass.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Well Iran sure wont be gettin an award for being subtle anytime soon will they?

    February 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chuck

    come get some

    February 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    it would suck if they lost both their battleships in one day..

    February 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Let's put this all together now. Israel is said to be planning a pre-emptive attack on Iran. Iran threatens pre-mptive strike. Iran sends another warship throught the Suez canal, alledgedly going to Syria. Iran is now in a good position on Israels water side.
    Coincidence ? I think not..

    February 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    As I said insanity all around. Israel announced the other day that they have prepared an elite force to strike behind 'enemy' lines too and intend to strike Iranian civil infrastructure.
    And as I said before lets hope that none of it comes to pass for the sake of all sides involved.

    February 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    Let isreal after them teach iran a lesson isreal will beat them up

    February 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ma & pa

    All nations...recess is over...times up...get into your schoolhouse seats...open your identical dictionarys to the word PEACE and comply your lives to that words definition.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |