"KUWAIT: Despite US foreign policy's focus on the situation in Iraq and in anticipation of September's Congress hearing, high-ranking sources stated that the Iranian leadership is taking US threats to strike its nuclear sites very seriously.
Furthermore, the sources highlighted that the Iranian leadership had recently increased its military formations including the Revolutionary Guards and the regular army forces. The sources also noted that Iran was currently weighing three options to respond to any potential US military strikes and that the three options included targets within the Gulf region.
Elaborately, the sources explained that the first option( known as the violent response) would involve destroying all US military and logistic bases around the Gulf region, which is the most favored option by the Iranian president.
The second option, favored by Imam Ali Khame'ni, involves intensive strikes on a Gulf state that hosts US Marine Forces and that had suspended its 1973 constitution, which would eventually help create a mess that might develop into changing the whole situation. This option would also ensure maintaining good relationships with other GCC states, as believed by its supporters.
The sources added that the third option, favored by Hashimi Rafsenjani calls for avoiding the risk of any attacks on any GCC states and that the conflict should be restricted with the US alone. Moreover, the sources highlighted that the Iranian leadership had fully discussed the three options this week in anticipation of a potential US strike after finishing the Iraqi issue within a few months....."