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      Iran Threatens To 'Freeze' Europe for Backing Sanctions

      A senior Iranian commander threatens Europe with “cold winter,” warns that Iranian missiles are more advanced than ever.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 2/28/2010, 7:15 PM / Last Update: 2/28/2010, 7:21 PM

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      Brigadier-General Hossein Salami of Iran's Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that Iran has the power to cut Europe's energy supply. The warning was issued as European leaders prepared to debate sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

      "Iran sits on 50 percent of the world's energy, and if it wants, Europe will spend the winter in the cold,” Salami told Iranian troops in the city of Kerman. His speech was published by the Iranian Fars news agency.

      Iran is in possession of roughly 16 percent of the world's natural gas and is the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil. In addition, Iran borders the Strait of Hormuz (Persian Gulf), through which much of the world's oil supply passes.

      Salami also mentioned Iran's missiles. The country has recently tested long-range missiles, and announced just weeks ago that it had launched a satellite-capable rocket.

      "Our missiles are now able to target any spot which the conspirators are in,” he said.

      Western powers have been discussing the possibility of sanctions on Iran in the United Nations security council. Israel has lobbied for tough sanctions, while Russia and China continue to oppose harsh measures. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to discuss Iran's nuclear program next week.