A high-ranking Iranian military commander has dismissed the latest US rhetoric about the potential use military force against Iran, saying the Iranian missiles are capable of countering any threat.
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense sector, including its new generation of missiles, is capable of countering aggressors, said Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Friday.
The Iranian commander made the remarks in reaction to recent threats by US officials that all options would remain on table regarding Iran.
Jazayeri said Iran’s Armed Forces will spare no effort to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the nation’s ideals and values. He added that the Islamic Republic will continue to expand its defense capabilities regardless of the ranting and raving by bullying powers and global hegemons.
He stressed that Iran will not give up the strategy of “defensive deterrence” and will remain fully prepared to give a “crushing and devastating” response to any foreign threat, adding that the Islamic Republic will keep a watchful eye and be ready to react to enemy’s moves.
US officials have on several occasions used the rhetoric of threat following the July 14 conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany. The two sides finalized the text of an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Three days later on July 17, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the military option remains available regarding Iran.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter also said on July 19 that the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries does not prevent Washington from using military force against Iran if it deems a military option necessary.
In an interview on Thursday, US President Barack Obama also threatened Iran with a military attack despite the recent conclusion of the nuclear negotiations.
US Secretary Of State John Kerry also said at an appearing at the American think-tank Council on Foreign Relations on Friday that military option against Iran has not been taken off the table.