Iran Quds Force chief defies US, says ready to die

The chief of Iran`s elite Quds Force says he doesn`t fear US threats of assassination.

Updated: Nov 26, 2011, 14:51 PM IST

Tehran: The chief of Iran`s elite Quds Force says he doesn`t fear US threats of assassination and is ready for "martyrdom", warning Washington of serious consequences if it does not stop threatening the Islamic Republic.

The comments by Quds Force commander Brig Gen Ghassem Soleimani were published in several Iranian newspapers on Saturday.

The force is a unit within the country`s powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Tensions have increased in recent weeks between Iran and the US, with several American neoconservatives urging the Obama administration to use covert action against Iran and kill some of its top officials, including Soleimani.

Two men, including an alleged member of Iran`s Quds Force, have been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US.

Bureau Report