'Hezbollah will choose response to strike on Iran'

Nasrallah says Tehran will not dictate to Hezbollah how to react to Israeli strike on nuclear facilities.

February 7, 2012 22:28
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday stated that in the event of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, Hezbollah would decide itself how to react, rather than taking orders from Tehran.

"Some are wondering what would happen if Israel bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities, and although I rule out this possibility I assure you that the Iranian leadership will not ask Hezbollah to do anything. On that day, we have to sit down and think before we decide what to do," Lebanese website Naharnet quoted Nasrallah as saying.

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In a speech delivered via video link at a ceremony marking the birth of Islamic prophet Muhammed, Nasrallah thanked the Iranian regime for its support, saying that Tehran could escape western sanctions if it wanted to, but instead chooses not  to "sell out Palestine."

The Lebanon Now news portal quoted Nasrallah as saying that Lebanon "could not have been victorious" in the 2006 Second Lebanon War without the help of Iran.

"We have received moral, political and financial support in all means possible from Iran since 1982," Nasrallah stated.

Nasrallah also voiced support for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying it was "ready to implement reform."

He stated that the US,Israel, western countries and moderate Arab countries were trying to "overthrow the Syrian regime," and were guilty of pushing the country into civil war.

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