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24 January 2005 -- Iranian officials have issued new warnings that any United States attack on the Islamic Republic would be a major strategic mistake.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a briefing that Iran believes the chance of a U.S. attack to be low, and described recent U.S. comments as a "psychological war."

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said a U.S. attack on Iran would be a massive mistake.

He said planes have been detected flying over Iran to conduct espionage for the United States, and warned that "every action has a reaction."

Yunesi also said that U.S. commandos had not entered Iran for covert reconnaissance missions. He described U.S. commandos as "chicks" who would rapidly be picked up by Iranian "eagles" if they came to Iran.

U.S. President George W. Bush recently said military action had not been ruled out to deal with Iran's nuclear program, while Vice President Dick Cheney said Iran tops the world's trouble spots and warned that Israel could decide to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.

(Reuters/AP/IRNA)
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