|Crossing red line on Syria will have severe consequences, Iran warns U.S.||
TEHRAN – An Iranian general has warned the United States against crossing the red line on Syria, saying any military intervention by Washington will have severe consequences.
“The United States knows the boundaries of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of the red line on Syria will have severe consequences for the White House,” the deputy chief of the general staff of Iran’s armed forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, said on Sunday in reference to recent hawkish remarks on Syria by U.S. officials.
The war which is raging in Syria is the result of a plot hatched by the United States and certain countries in the region to undermine the resistance front against the Zionist regime, he said, adding that the Syrian government and people have achieved major victories in spite of the fact that a large bloc of enemies have launched a massive offensive against them.
“The Syrian government and people have the upper hand in the imposed war (waged by) terrorists (and backed by) the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) and reactionaries, and the propaganda campaign mounted by Western media outlets is due to Syria’s achievements in dealing with its enemies,” he said.
According to AFP, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the U.S. military was ready to take action against the Syrian government if ordered, but stressed that Washington was still evaluating claims of a chemical weapons attack.
“President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that,” Hagel told reporters in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
“Again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options.”
He said the U.S. and its allies were assessing intelligence on allegations that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an attack against armed rebels near Damascus last week.
“I would not go further than that, until we have more intelligence based on facts,” Hagel said.
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