Yeah, sure sounds like a country reeling under tough sanctions.
The country is skirting UN enforced sanctions left and right. It’s so bad that even Finland is in on the game, selling its Wärtsilä diesel engines to China to be fitted into Iranian ships being built in its shipyards. As for the bellicose claim of attacking anyone who attacks Syria, it’s saber rattling, but one that will give pause to any state thinking about getting more involved in the civil war.
IRAN OFFICIAL: ATTACK ON SYRIA IS ATTACK ON IRAN
BEIRUT (AP) — Issuing Tehran’s strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops conducted offensive air raids against rebels and discovered a trio of tunnels they were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad.
The world has been grappling over how to deal with Syria ever since an uprising against Assad’s regime erupted nearly two years ago. But so far, there has been no international intervention on the ground where more than 60,000 people have been killed, according to the U.N.
Iran is Syria’s strongest ally in the Middle East, and has provided Assad’s government with military and political backing for years. In September, the top commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the elite unit had high-level advisers in Syria. Iran also is believed to be sending weapons and money to Syria as it endures its worst crisis in decades.