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An Iranian missile on display in front of a portrait of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, April 2011. Photo by AP
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The United States and Israel are highly susceptible to Iranian retaliation if they launch military strikes against Iran, a senior Iranian military commander was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Iran's Press TV reported that Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy head of Iran's armed forces joint chiefs of staff, asserted that the U.S. and Israel are in no position to carry out military action against Iran due to their vulnerability to counterstrikes.

Jazayeri also reportedly said that Iran "brushes aside" the United States' carrot and stick approach toward Iran.

Also, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi, said on Wednesday that his country is capable of striking U.S. forces anywhere in the world if it is attacked.

"The Americans know very well what Iran is like and what our potential is," Sajjadi was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency. "Iran is in a very good position to deliver retaliatory strikes on America around the world ... An attack on Iran would be suicidal for them."

The U.S. and Israel have not ruled out military action against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Iran claims its nuclear program is peaceful, mainly for generating electricity.

On Tuesday, Iran rejected as an "antagonistic move" U.S. President Barack Obama's executive order tightening U.S. sanctions that target Iran's central bank and gives U.S. banks new powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government.

"It is an antagonistic move ... a psychological war which has no impact ... There is nothing new, it has been going on for over 30 years," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a weekly news conference.

"Sanctions will not have any impact on our nuclear course."

More than two-thirds of Iran's lawmakers have endorsed a statement calling for cutting off oil sales to the European Union before EU sanctions on their country go into effect.

The statement, which was read Wednesday in an open session of parliament broadcast on state radio, said "in the case of the continuation of illogical policies" by the EU, Iran will look for alternative customers for its oil before the European embargo goes into effect in the summer. The statement was signed by 200 of the parliament's 290 lawmakers.