Yahya Rahim Safavi, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has responded to jibes in which US President Bush included Iran in the 'axis of evil' by declaring that the US, Britain, and the 'Zionist regime' are an axis of evil.

The commander accused the trio of being "an axis of evil against the Islamic world and the whole of humanity". He further claimed that three were trying to make trouble between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, including in Iraq.

Perhaps in response to reports that Israel had plans to attack Iran's nuclear program he said, "Our powerful country does not worry about American and Zionist regime threats, and in case of any kind of attack by intruders we are able to defeat them."