TEHRAN: Iran yesterday warned it would fire 11,000 rockets at enemy bases in a minute if the US launched military action against the Islamic republic.
"In the first minute of an invasion by the enemy, 11,000 rockets and cannons will be fired at enemy bases," said Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, a brigadier general in the elite Revolutionary Guards.
"This volume and speed of firing would continue," added Chaharbaghi, who is commander of artillery and missiles of the Guards' ground forces.
"If a war breaks out in the future, it will not last long because we will rub their noses in the dirt," he said.
"Now the enemy should ask themselves how many of their people they are ready to sacrifice for their stupidity in attacking Iran," he said.
Meanwhile, Iran believes Afghanistan will never allow its soil to be used by the US to launch an attack, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.
Washington was anyway too weakened by its efforts in Iraq to confront Iran, he said on the sidelines of a regional economic meeting in the Afghan city of Herat near the Iranian border.
"The people of Afghanistan will never allow America to use Afghanistan against any other country. This is our belief, this is our trust," Mottaki said.