- A senior Iranian legislative official dismissed intensified war rhetoric by the US and Israeli against Iran as a "bluff" and "psychological warfare".
Member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kossari told FNA that the Israeli and American threats to attack Iran are nothing but "a political and military bluff," but meantime underlined that Iran is "on high alert" either way.
"These remarks that we have been hearing in the recent interviews of the Zionist regime officials are in fact a king of psychological operation, and nothing more," he added.
He said the Zionist regime and the US are in no position to attack Iran, and mentioned, "The US and the Zionist regime have been feeling great fright and deep concerns over the current developments in the region and the world today."
They "have lost their strongholds and illegitimate interests in the regional countries and are trying to escape this situation in any possible way", the lawmaker added.
The MP further stated that the combined effects of losing regional allies, the protests on Wall Street against the capitalist system, and US defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan have plunged the US into a disastrous and critical situation.
He added that the global awakening has jolted US and Israeli officials into making hasty remarks.
On November 4, Israeli President Shimon Peres said that an attack on Iran was becoming increasingly more likely.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israel's parliament (Knesset) on October 31 in an effort to garner support for a military attack on Iran over its nuclear program.
Supported by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu argued that Israel should proceed with efforts to encourage the West to exert more economic and political pressure on Iran.
He also emphasized that any action against Iran should be carried out in full coordination with the United States.
Another senior Iranian parliamentary official also described the recent threats by the US and Israel against Iran as "foolish" remarks, and warned that friends and allies of the Islamic Revolution would destroy Israel before it can make the slightest military move against Iran.
"This is just a baseless allegation because the Zionist regime is engaged in a war over its survival in Tel Aviv today," Vice Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi told FNA on Monday.
"We're not alone and it is (in fact) our cries resonating in Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, etc," he said.
"Now all these forces are allies of Iran and if the Zionist regime embarks on a foolish action against us, it will burn in the fire of the rage of Iran and its allies worldwide."
Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Both Israel and the US have recently intensified rhetoric against Iran, saying an attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear site is impending.
Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.
Iran has also warned that it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.
Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.