Iran: Syria part of ‘axis of resistance’

Updated 10:08 PM EDT, Tue August 7, 2012

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(CNN) —  

Tensions spiked in the Middle East on Tuesday as Iran extolled its “axis of resistance” with Syria, and the United States warned of proxy and terror activity.

Saeed Jalili, a top Iranian official meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was cited by Syrian state media as saying he will not permit “enemies” to break what he called the “axis of resistance of which Syria is an essential part.”

“What is taking place in Syria is not an internal issue but rather a conflict between the resistance axis on one hand and the enemies of this axis in the region and the world on the other hand, with the goal being to strike Syria’s resistant role,” state media quoted Jalili as saying.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, said from Pretoria, South Africa, that those working “to exploit the misery of the Syrian people, either by sending in proxies or by sending in terrorist fighters, must recognize that that will not be tolerated, first and foremost by the Syrian people.”