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No war alert in Iran: lawmaker

12-08-2011 10:37 BJT

TEHRAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chief of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Defense Committee rejected on Wednesday media reports that the Islamic Republic has recently gone on war alert, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

"Under the existing conditions, we have no indication that we should be in a particular and new military condition, and it is not correct that Iran's armed forces are placed on a specific alert," Gholam-Reza Karami was quoted as saying.

Karami said the country is always prepared for any military encounter, said the report.

Recently, some western media reported that Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has issued a war alert "amid a series of mysterious blasts and cyber attacks" in the country.

The Daily Telegraph said the IRGC had started to disperse long- range missiles and guards units to key defensive positions around the country after an order from its Chief Commander General Mohammad-Ali Jafari.

On November 28, the IRGC commander, Gholam-Reza Jalali, dismissed media reports that a virus attack on Iran's missile program caused the two successive explosions in the garrison of IRGC which killed a senior IRGC commander and 16 of IRGC members some 35 km away from the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Some believed the intelligent services of Israel and the United States were behind the blast.

On November 10, Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that Iran should be prepared to counter any possible cyber attack.

The enemies were making every effort to create disruption in software and hardware systems of Iran's governmental centers, Namjou said, adding that under these circumstances, all the ministries should be vigilant and fully prepared to counter possible cyber attacks.

Deputy commander of IRGC, Brigadier general Hossein Salami, said last week that in the face of western military threats, the defense doctrine of the Islamic Republic would be "threat for threat."

Iran's media reported on Sunday that Iranian military shot down a U.S. drone in the eastern part of the country.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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