Iran vows enemies will not survive

Associated Press
Fotografía de archivo del miércoles 19 de septiembre de 2012 de una visitante en la exhibición "Rostros del poder", del fotógrafo griego Platon Antoniou, en el Photokina 2012 en Colonia, Alemania. Los retratos son del presidente iraní, Mahmud Ahmadinejad (izquierda) y del primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu. (Foto AP/Martin Meissner, Archivo)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general has said that his country's enemies will not survive if they attack Iran's nuclear sites.

A Friday report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes Gen. Farzad Esmaili, chief of air defense, as saying "we vow our enemies will not survive," if they attack Iran's nuclear sites.

The nuclear sites are a symbol of pride for Iran, he said, adding that "we will defend our dignity with our lives and blood."

The remarks come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to draw a clear "red line" to stop Iran's nuclear program.

Israel has not ruled out military action against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Tehran denies the West's charge that it is pursuing nuclear weapons. It says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only.