The first target in any Iran-U.S. conflict will be Israel, a senior Iranian military official said. “We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel,” Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Mohammed-Ibrahim Dehkani said Tuesday, according to Reuters. War games in the Persian Gulf last month that included the launching of long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads were a “warning to those countries that threaten Iran, including America and the Zionist regime,” Dehkani said. The United States has not counted out military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, though President Bush has emphasized that for now he prefers diplomacy. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but U.N. inspectors say Iran is probably developing weapons.
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