On Sunday, Iran took a hard stance against the United States, saying that if the U.S. opted to attack, there would be severe consequences.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that the “U.S. and its allies should know that Iran is so powerful that its battling will teach the U.S. how to fight and what war and warrior mean."
The threat comes soon after Iran’s expulsion of the British ambassador due to nuclear and economic sanctions imposed by Britain and NATO.
Iran has resisted efforts to become part of a more involved community, instead taking a defensive stance and protecting its autonomy. Turkey was also mentioned as a potential target for attack should the U.S. and Britain make any moves to stop Iran’s growing nuclear program.
This is not the first time the U.S. and Iran have squared off. Most recently, Iran arrested 12 people it claims were working for the CIA. According to a recent Iranian television appearance, Parvis Sorouri, member of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy stated: “The main mission of this act of espionage was related to Iran's progress in the fields of nuclear technology and also military and security activities.”
According to reports by The Guardian, Sorouri went on to explain: “The US and Zionist regime's espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services. Fortunately, with swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit.”
So far there has been no comment made by U.S. officials in response to these arrests.
The U.S. and Iran were once allies until the 1979 hostage crisis soured relations between the two countries. Since then, it has been a relationship based on action and reaction often met with hostility and casualties. There has been growing talk about Iran’s nuclear program, with NATO-allied countries being the main targets.