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Iran Vows Strong Military Response to Any Attack

Iran is promising a mighty response to any aggression from Israel, as political hostilities between the two governments continue to increase.

The latest warning from Tehran came during an interview with Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar Friday by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

He was responding to questions about escalating troubles with Israel, including speculation of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The defense minister said Iran's armed forces would provide a rapid, strong and destructive response to any such attack.

Iran's foreign relations have been further strained by controversial comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The hard-line president has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." He has also cast doubt on the Holocaust, and has suggested that Israel be moved to Europe.