Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:53 am (KSA) 08:53 am (GMT)

Gulf must not allow attacks from US bases: Iran

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani assured the Gulf neighbors that Iran "does not want to inflict any harm on the GCC states (File)
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani assured the Gulf neighbors that Iran "does not want to inflict any harm on the GCC states (File)

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Arab states in the Gulf should not allow the United States to launch attacks on the Islamic republic from bases in the region.

"States in the region which house U.S. military bases should know that these bases must not be used against Iran. The region should not become a launch-pad for aggression against Iran," Larijani told a press conference in Kuwait.

Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, all members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, are home to major U.S. military bases. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

 States in the region which house U.S. military bases should know that these bases must not be used against Iran. The region should not become a launch-pad for aggression against Iran 
Iran parliament speaker Ali Larijani

Larijani assured the Gulf neighbors that Iran "does not want to inflict any harm on the GCC states." He also said Washington will not "dare launch an aggression on Iran."

Larijani is concluding a three-day official visit to Kuwait during which he met with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, and other leaders.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said last week that Western warships stationed in the Gulf are "best targets" for the Islamic republic if its nuclear sites are attacked, Fars news agency reported.

Iranian officials have repeatedly threatened to deliver a "crushing response" and hit U.S. targets, including its bases in the Gulf and neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, if Iran's nuclear sites are attacked.

The United States and its regional ally Israel, which accuse Iran of seeking atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program, have never ruled out a military option to thwart Tehran's nuclear drive.

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