Iran Beefs Up Rhetoric As Tensions Rise Over Nuclear Research

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General Hossein Salami of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said in a statement Sunday that any country posing a threat to Iran and its nuclear facilities could be subject to an attack, the Associated Press reports.

Any spot used by the enemy for hostile operations against Iran will be subjected to retaliatory aggression by our armed forces," he said.

The statement comes as tensions over Iran have been ratcheted up another notch. International Atomic Energy Agency visited Iran last week and reported good talks, but did not actually visit any nuclear enrichment sites.

It has come out that a new enrichment site, built specifically to withstand airstrikes, is attempting to enrich Uranium up to 20%, and unprecedented number for Iran. The Iranian government continues to claim the research is devoted to energy. Weapons-grade Uranium is enriched to about 90%.

Iranian officials also elaborated on their response to increased sanctions from the West on Sunday, threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil route, and attacking Israel. According to the Guardian, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told reporters that "if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this." He also called Israel a "cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut".

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