Iran Guards can `cut hands` of Western bullies: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Iran`s elite Revolutionary Guards and its army have the strength to "cut off the hands" of Western powers.

Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 16:28 PM IST

Tehran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said
today that Iran`s elite Revolutionary Guards and its army have
the strength to "cut off the hands" of Western powers.

"The power of the Revolutionary Guards and the army will
cut off the hands of the arrogant and bullying powers,"
Ahmadinejad told a gathering of Guards` commanders, according
to Sepahnews, the force`s website.

Hailing Iran`s strength as "indestructible," the
hardliner said the Guards were the symbol of Iran`s resistance
against the United States and other Western powers.

"The world of arrogance (West) is weaker and it cannot
hurt the Iranian nation," he said.

Ties between Iran and the West have worsened under the
presidency of Ahmadinejad following his dogged refusal to
suspend Tehran`s controversial nuclear programme.

Several top commanders of the Guards have also often
boasted of the force`s ability to combat Iran`s foes,
especially Israel which has not ruled out a military strike to
halt the nuclear programme.

The Guards, set up after the 1979 Islamic revolution to
defend it from internal and external threats, have expanded
their role in the nation`s economic sectors under the
Ahmadinejad presidency.

PTI