Iran: Israel exercise part of 'psychological warfare'

Iran will give a "devastating" response to any attack on the country, its defence minister was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Iran: Israel exercise part of 'psychological warfare'
The New York Times on Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying Israel had carried out a large military exercise, apparently a rehearsal for a potential bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities.

Iran's Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the Israeli exercise was part of "psychological warfare" against the Islamic Republic, state television said.

Iran had never initiated conflict but would resort to all means available if it was attacked: "Iran will come up with a devastating ... response without any time limit to any hostile measure against our country," Najjar was quoted as saying.

Earlier this month, Israeli Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz told an Israeli newspaper an attack on Iran looked "unavoidable".

Tehran, which does not recognise Israel, says its nuclear work is a peaceful drive to generate electricity.

Israel bombed an Iraqi reactor in 1981 and also bombed a Syrian site last September.

Many analysts say Iran's nuclear sites are too numerous, distant and fortified for Israel to take on alone.

Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham on Saturday called Israel a "dangerous regime" but said any Israeli attack on Iran would be an "impossible act."

Iran's Shahab-3 missile, with a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), is capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf, Iranian officials say.
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