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Iran may quit nuclear non-proliferation treaty if attacked

(Xinhua)

09:37, September 17, 2012

TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said Sunday that Iran may quit the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if its nuclear facilities come under attacks, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

"In case of an attack, Iran's obligations will change. My assessment is that Iran may leave the NPT," Jafari was quoted as saying.

However, it would not mean that Iran will develop nuclear weapons "because we have a religious decree from the Supreme Leader" against atomic weapons, he added.

Jafari also said that in the case of an attack by Israel, Iran would close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and would target U.S. bases in the Middle East, according to Mehr.

"It is a declared policy by Iran that if war occurs in the region and the Islamic republic is involved, it is natural that the Strait of Hormuz as well as the energy (market) will face difficulties," the report quoted him as saying.

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