With most of the international community of the consensus that attacking Iran on the basis of its latent nuclear weapons program would be a disastrous idea with unintended consequences, as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has put it, the Iranian government seems intent on making sure that the world knows it is ready for anything.
On Sunday, Iran's Defense Minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, again shouted westward that Iran has the military capabilities to go to war with Israel and anyone else who would dare challenge them.
“The enemy must answer this question, if it attacks Iran, for how long a battle and losing how many of its warships and vessels has it prepared itself?” Vahidi stated.
“Why is the Zionist regime [Israel] making threats [against Iran]? How many missiles have they prepared themselves for? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000? 100,000? 150,000 or more?
Iran's state-controlled media rallied around Vahidi, attacking what it sees as the hypocrisy from the West, which allegedly ignores Israel's secret nuclear weapons program while plotting to destroy Iran's.
While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap International Atomic Energy Agency inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency, Iran's Press TV reported.
Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israel's new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.
Additionally, The Tehran Times again reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran's nuclear program was inaccurate, to put it nicely, and that all uranium-enriching endeavors were for nuclear fuel plate production at a new facility that will astonish the West.
Meanwhile, Iran added three new Ghadir-class submarines to its navy that are capable of launching torpedoes and operate in shallow waters as well as precision targeting, according to Navy Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem-Bigham, bringing to total of new subs up to seven so far this year. Iran has maintained that the new submarines, which are designed for the Persian Gulf waters, are meant only for defensive purposes.