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Iran warns against attack as G8 demands nuclear freeze
AFP ^ | July 08 , 2008 3 hours ago | AFP

Posted on 07/08/2008 1:12:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran warned on Tuesday it would "set fire" to Israel and US forces in response to any attack over its nuclear drive, as the world's leading industrial powers told Tehran to freeze uranium enrichment.

Leaders of the Group of Eight nations at a summit in Japan urged Iran to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions "in particular to suspend all enrichment-related activities."

They also urged Tehran to respond positively to a new package by six major powers aimed at bringing an end to the five-year-old nuclear standoff which has led to a string of sanctions against Iran.

The United States and its top regional ally Israel have never ruled out military action against Iran over its nuclear drive, which the West fears could be aimed at building an atomic bomb.

There has been concern a strike could be imminent after it emerged Israel had carried out manoeuvres in Greece that were effectively practice runs for a potential strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.

"The first US shot on Iran would set the United States' vital interests in the world on fire," said Ali Shirazi, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's representative to the naval forces of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

"Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the targets that would be set on fire in Iran's crushing response," he said, according to the Fars news agency.

Washington shrugged off the threat.

"Comments like that are not out of the norm and not unusual," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said, adding: "We continue to stress our desire to resolve this issue diplomatically... continue with the process."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it would be "political suicide" for US President George W. Bush -- whose term of office ends in January -- to attack Tehran.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: g8; g8summit; geopolitics; iran; nukes; proliferation

1 posted on 07/08/2008 1:12:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: jveritas; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; elhombrelibre; ...

Now the G8 has something to say!....Good.


2 posted on 07/08/2008 1:14:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Iran warned on Tuesday it would “set fire” to Israel and US forces in response to any attack over its nuclear drive, as the world’s leading industrial powers told Tehran to freeze uranium enrichment.”

And this is who Osama wants to sit down with, eat some hummus and play sand hockey with a goat’s head.


3 posted on 07/08/2008 1:15:07 PM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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To: toddlintown

If you’ll troll some liberal sites, you’ll be amazed how many people say things like “Iran hasn’t attacked another nation in 300 years.” They at least act like they really believe Iran wants peace, even with Iran making comments like this.


4 posted on 07/08/2008 1:19:21 PM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

“Gosh, I could have had the G8.” — some Iranian mullah, communicating by Ouija Board in a year or two

Thanks Ernest.


5 posted on 07/08/2008 10:17:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Shame the key players in the G8 could not have responded by saying to Iran they had better watch their asses, for they just may be close to getting shut down economically and militarily. I continue to stay pissed off at the Russians. If they did not play this puppet on a string, Iran would never be as it is now.
I blame the Russians for all bad that has come to past in Iran. Hope they loose one hell of a lot of money once Iran is put in it's place. It will serve them right.
6 posted on 07/09/2008 6:21:19 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...Now we are left with a bunch of idiots.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Yeah the Russkies seem to want to restart the Cold War crap.


7 posted on 07/09/2008 9:52:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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