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Iran will give crushing response to any threat at any level: Army chief

The chief commander of Iran’s Army says the country will give a crushing response to any threat posed by enemies at any level.

Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, who also commands Iran’s Air Defense Headquarters, made the remarks in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr on Monday after inspecting air defense units affiliated with the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the province.

“We have maintained the security of the Persian Gulf for [the past] forty years and will continue to do so with full power after this, and will give a crushing response to any threat posed by the enemy at any level,” Mousavi said.

Emphasizing that security in the Persian Gulf during the past four decades has been safeguarded through efforts made by Iran’s Armed Forces, the top commander added, “With help from other regional countries, this region could be the most secure region in the world.”

In response to a question about Iran’s preparedness in the air defense sector, he said the Iranian Armed Forces have simulated “the most severe and worst-case” threats against the country, and are ready to respond in kind and defend the Iranian borders, skies and nation as well as the Islamic Revolution’s ideals.

“Usually, when extra-regional countries enter this region, they cause insecurity and tension, but as we have maintained security of this [region] over the past 40 years, we are duty-bound to preserve this security with full power from now on,” Mousavi pointed out.

He said the air defense forces of the Iranian Army and the IRGC are working together in coordination and synergy and are protecting all of the country’s “important, sensitive and vital” areas.

The Iranian Armed Forces have also made all necessary preparations for powerful protection of the country’s border areas, the senior commander added, noting that the country is impervious to threats.

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