Greece denies hostility toward Iran


The Greek defense ministry has issued a statement, reassuring that its joint military maneuver with Israel was by no means hostile.


In the first week of June, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.


The statement by the Greek defense minister stated that the recent military maneuvers were part of regular military training sessions carried out within the framework of Greek-Israeli military cooperation and were by no means hostile toward any nation.


In their alleged exercise, the Israeli jets flew a range of more than 900 miles, roughly the distance from Israeli airfields to an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility in the central Iranian city of Natanz, prompting world media to question Israel's motives.


In response to the threat posed by Israel, senior Iranian commander, Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari, has said that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is equipped with cutting-edge military possibilities to counter any offense against the Islamic Republic.


Israel has accused Iran of 'producing bomb-grade uranium' on many occasions, repeatedly threatening the country with war.


This is while Israel bars inspectors from competent international organizations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in particular, to visit its nuclear facilities. As the only nuclear- armed country in the Middle East, Israel is believed to possess a nuclear arsenal of 200-400 warheads.


Iran has persisted in its longstanding position that its nuclear activities are aimed at peaceful application of nuclear technology, particularly in a bid to meet its growing need for electricity.


In the numerous reports so far issued by the IAEA, no mention has been made of any suspicious activity by Iran to warrant the pressure being applied on the country by the US and its allies.