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Iran threatens swift retaliation on US bases

A semi-official news agency of Iran is reporting the country can destroy nearby US military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic.

world Updated: Jul 04, 2012 21:52 IST

A semi-official news agency of Iran is reporting the country can destroy nearby US military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic.

Today's report in Iran's semi-official news agency Fars quotes General Ami Ali Hajizadeh of the powerful Revolutionary Guards as saying US bases, and Israel which he referred to as "occupied territories" are in range of Iran's missiles and could be struck as a retaliatory measure.

"Measures have been taken so that we could destroy all these bases in the early minutes of an attack," said Hajizadeh, chief of the Guards' airspace division.

Iran and the West are at odds over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and neither Israel nor the US have ruled out a military strike on the country if diplomacy fails to stop its nuclear programme.