qatar premier sheikh hamad bin jassem al-thani.jpgQatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani has emphasised that Qatar will not allow any country to use its territory for launching attacks against Iran.

“We will not accept, and this is very clear, any act of aggression against Iran (being launched) from Qatar,” said the premier of Qatar, host to US military’s regional Central Command (CENTCOM) that is responsible for US military operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

“The Iranians and the Americans know that Qatar rejects any military action against Iran,” he told reporters.

CENTCOM has commanded US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has bases in Persian Gulf states of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as in Pakistan, Jordan and Central Asia.

The US and the EU have used Iran’s nuclear energy program as a pretext to impose sanctions against Tehran, while the Israeli regime has publicly engaged in making threats of military strikes against Iran.

Washington has also made repeated threats of keeping its military “options” against the Islamic Republic “on the table” in case its numerous economic and trade sanctions against the Iranian nation fails to force the country to abandon its nuclear energy program.

Iranian officials, meanwhile, have vowed a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure would lead to a major war that will spread beyond the Middle East region.

In an address on the occasion of Nowruz (Iranian new year) last week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reiterated that the Iranian nation will retaliate in kind to any possible attack against the country by the US or the Israeli regime.

“We do not possess a nuclear weapon and we will not build one, but we will defend ourselves against any aggression, whether by the US or the Zionist regime, at the same level,” the Leader said.

Furthermore, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brushed aside earlier this month persisting US and Israeli mention of military ‘options’ against the Islamic Republic, emphasizing that such options can remain on the table until they rot.