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UPDATED: 13:56, August 13, 2006
Top Iranian military officers slam U.S. Greater Middle East Initiative
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Senior Iranian military officers on Saturday hit out at Washington's Greater Middle East Initiative aiming at promoting changes in the region, describing it as an " evil plan" that had failed, the Iranian Fars News Agency reported.

The United States drew up the initiative "in a bid to find a full dominance over the region", Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying.

"If the United States succeeds in implementing its evil plan, not only regional states but Europe will also become new colony of the United States," he told a gathering of Defense Ministry personnel.

The Iranian defense chief said the United States and Israel failed to achieve their strategic goals due to the Lebanese resistance and the vigilance of the countries in the region.

The policy of "iron fist" would not be effective any more, he said, adding that "Today, there are a lack of confidence in and disgust against the U.S. anti-human policies in the Middle East."

Najjar underlined that establishing a fair and lasting peace and avoiding unilateralism and discrimination would be the only solution to the current crises in the region.

The commander of Iran's ground forces Brigadier General Hossein Dadras also lashed out at the Greater Middle East Initiative, which the United States claimed would boost peace and stability through democracy in the region.

"The reaction of the international community and the formation of the resistance movements have proven that the plan has failed," according to Dadras.

Source: Xinhua

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