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Mohsen Rezaei attending in a news conference in Tehran on Sunday May 24, 2009. Photo by AP

An Israeli attack on Iran will lead to Israel's "annihilation," a senior Iranian official told the country's state-run TV station Press TV on Monday, ahead of the Non-Aligned Movement summit due to take place in Tehran later this month.

The comment, by former head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Mohsen Rezaei, came after, last week, the head of the Revolutionary Guard's air force said that a possible Israeli airstrike against his country's nuclear facilities is "welcome" because it would give Iran a reason to retaliate and "get rid of" the Jewish state "forever."

Hajizadeh said in the event of an Israeli strike, Iran's response would be "swift, decisive and destructive." But he also claims Israeli threats of a strike are just part of a psychological war against Iran.

Speaking to Press TV on Monday, Rezaei, who currently heads Iran's Expediency Council, an advisory panel to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, warned Israel of going forward with its reported plan to attack.

"If the Zionists commit the folly and attack Iran, they will receive a crushing response from Islamic Republic's armed forces which will lead to their annihilation,” Rezaei told Press TV.

The senior Iranian official also added that what he called warmongering comments coming from Israeli officials were meant to overshadow the NAM conference due to take place in Tehran.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to cancel his plans to participate in the same conference, calling the reported visit "a big mistake, even if it is being done out of good intentions."

On Saturday, Egyptian state news agency MENA said that Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi intends to attend the NAM meetings in Iran. His visit will be the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state to Tehran since the Islamic revolution.