Iran's Revolutionary Guards corps is warning it will respond to any
attack by Israel with a strike on nuclear sites in the Jewish state.
Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari told state-run media Saturday that
Iran's missiles are now capable of hitting targets in Israel, and that
any Israeli attack would be met with a "firm and precise" response.
sees Iran as a threat because of its nuclear program, and has been
widely reported to be considering a pre-emptive strike. Like the
United States, Britain and other Western countries, Israel does not
believe Iran's claims that its program is for peaceful purposes.
Friday, Iran's first vice president stepped down after heavy criticism
for comments he made about Israel. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie said last
year that Iran is a friend of all people in the world, including
Israelis, even though Iran does not formally recognize Israel.
Rahim Mashaie has close ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
- Mashaie's daughter is married to Mr. Ahmadinejad's son.
Mr. Ahmadinejad has previously called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.