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TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards dismissed the possibility of a U.S. military action against Iran and warned that his forces would respond with an "even more decisive" strike if attacked, an Iranian news agency reported Friday.
Asked about the possibility of an American strike on Iran, Jafari told reporters late Thursday that, "These words are just exaggerations, and I don't consider them a threat," the news agency ISNA reported.
The sanctions have heightened resentment of the United States among some in the public. But they are also fueling criticism among Iranian politicians that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is mismanaging the crisis with hard-line stances that worsen the standoff with the West.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the measures are to "confront the threatening behaviour of the Iranians".
But both China and Russia criticised the sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin likened the US move to "mad people wielding razor blades".
Earlier, US Assistant Secretary of State Nicholas Burns criticised Russia for selling weapons to Iran and China for investing in the country.
That being said, this is Iranian propaganda, meant for the Iranian people, just as we and every other country on the planet do to win mass support and confidence. It's "Ruling 101".