TEHRAN, June 24 (Xinhua) — The commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Sunday that the Islamic republic will strongly confront any possible assault against the country, the Press TV reported.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has no interest in wars with other countries, but we will strongly confront the enemies’ possible aggression and will give them a response that will make them regret the aggression,” Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said in a meeting with foreign military attaches in Tehran on Sunday.
Threats, sanctions and pressures are “scenarios” adopted by the West against the Iranian nation over the past 33 years, he said, adding that “such pressures and threats have always resulted in opposite consequences and led to the enhancement of the country’s preparedness and capabilities.”
The Iranian commander said the bases of trans-regional powers in Iran’s neighboring states were previously considered as threats to the country but now they are regarded as “opportunities,” according to the report.
Hajizadeh stressed that all the West’s plots against the Iranian people are doomed to fail and the Islamic republic is capable of turning all threats into opportunities.
A deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces warned Israel against any military aggression on the Islamic republic, the semi- official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Israel lacks the courage and ability to harm Iran and in case it launches any attack on Iran, it will lead to an immediate end of Israel’s existence, Major General Mostafa Izadi told Fars on Saturday.
The recent nuclear talks held in Moscow between Iran and the P5+ 1 – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – ended last Tuesday without a deal.
Iran is under numerous Western pressures to halt its controversial nuclear program which the Islamic republic insists on its “peaceful” and “civilian” nature.
Western countries, including the United States and Israel, suspect the Iranian nuclear activities and claim that the Islamic republic is pushing its nuclear program for weapon-grade activities. The United States and Israel have not ruled out the possibility to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.