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Iran Planning to Dig 320,000 Graves for Enemy Soldiers

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An Iranian military commander says authorities are planning to dig 320-thousand graves for enemy soldiers in case of any attack on Iran.

Iranian general Mirfeysal Baqerzadeh said Sunday that Iran will dig the graves to comply with the Geneva Conventions on warfare, which require signatories to provide for the burial of enemy soldiers who die during a conflict.

Baqerzadeh says Iran will use volunteers to dig the graves in each of its border provinces. He says this is meant to reduce the suffering of families of enemy soldiers killed in a possible attack against Iran.

The general's statement comes at a time of international tension over Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. and Israel have refused to rule out the use of force to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.



On Saturday, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Tehran will respond to an attack against it by striking Israel with missiles and imposing controls on a key oil passageway in the Persian Gulf.

"The New York Times" newspaper said earlier this month that Israel recently conducted a simulated aerial attack on Iran's atomic facilities.

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