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TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) -Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday that his country’s Revolutionary Guards would strongly and immediately respond to any Israeli attack.

“If the Zionist regime commits such stupidity, the response by the Iranian military will be swift, strong and crushing,” Mohammed Ali Hosseini said. “Iran will take no longer than a second to respond.”

Israeli officials have commented recently that their country’s military would consider bombing Iranian nuclear facilities to thwart what it has described as an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Iran says its nuclear plans aim to generate electricity.

Israel bombed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 to destroy former President Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program.

Hosseini downplayed the possibility of such an attack, suggesting that Israeli bluster stemmed from the current government’s “very fragile” political situation.

“The situation and capability of the Zionist regime are far too small to threaten Iran,” Hosseini said.

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