Iran: If Israel Attacks, We'll Retaliate ... Against US

Comments come amid report of talks between Washington, Tehran
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 9:34 AM CDT
A surface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran, July 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Hamed Jafarnejad)

(Newser) – The US and Israel are in it together when it comes to Iran—whether the US likes it or not. Iran said today that it saw no difference between Israel and the United States, and that an attack by either would result in retaliation against both, Reuters reports. " We must not recognize Israel as separate from America ," a Revolutionary Guard commander told Iran's state-run news service. "If the Americans commit the smallest folly they will not leave the region safely."

The comments come in the wake of an Israeli media report that the White House was negotiating with Iran to ensure it wasn't sucked into an Iran-Israel war. The White House denied the report, though US military officials have openly talked about their reluctance to back an Israeli attack. "I don't want to be complicit if they choose to do it," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey recently told the Guardian. (Read more Iran stories.)

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