Iran warns of the collapse of the Jewish state if it mounts an attack
February 25, 2012
TEHRAN – Iran has warned Israel against mounting an attack on its nuclear facilities amid rising international tension over its uranium enrichment program. General Ahmad Vahidi issued a statement warning Israel that an attack would lead to the collapse of the Jewish state. The warning on Iran’s state-run Press TV website came after a UN report said Iran had tripled its production rate of enriched uranium over the past three months. The confidential report to member states, seen by the Guardian, also states that Iran is refusing to co-operate with an investigation into evidence that the country may have worked on designing a bomb. Meanwhile diplomatic experts have warned that a pre-emptive attack on Iran’s nuclear sites by Israel could draw the US into a new Middle East conflict. “Israel can commence a war with Iran, but it may well take U.S. involvement to conclude it,” said Karim Sadjadpour, a Middle East specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Iran’s warning follows increasingly tough rhetoric from Israel about the need to halt Iran’s nuclear development. Israeli officials believe a pre-emptive strike must happen before the summer because Tehran is moving more of its nuclear installations underground. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found that much of the increased production of uranium, enriched to the level of 20%, had taken place at an underground site known as Fordow.