TEHRAN (Reuters) -
Iran's Hizbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide.
"We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year," said Iranian Hizbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom.
"They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardise Israel and America's interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader's green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three ... we welcome it," he said.
Iranian religious organisations have made great public show of recruiting volunteers for "martyrdom-seeking operations" in recent years, usually threatening U.S. interests in case of any attack against the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.
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From everything I have heard and read, I have come to the conclusion that Iran has orchestrated this entire military action in Lebanon to deflect attention from themselves at the G8 Summit and to see who is on there side and who was against them. They wish to deter the international from taking serious and united action against them and it’s every capable weapons program. If they wish to take on the might of the United States military, than they will crushed with no hope. The Iranian military in no way could stand up to our weapons and soldiers, even despite there supposed military advances. If Iran wished to start a war and than deprive us and the world of its oil reserves, we would be more than capable of seizing said oil fields for ourselves. Yes I am sure that if Iran provoked an attack by us, the world community would of course condemn us once again. Lucky for us we have a president who is undeterred by the weak feeble United Nations, and will take actions that he and this administration feels are in the interests of our national security. If Iran continues to attack Israel, we will be forced to act. While we have tried every avenue to resolve this in a peaceful manner, Iran has resisted every step of the way. Iran is supplying weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon right now, which in turn is killing innocent Israeli citizens as I type this. I do now, and will continue to fully support Israel!