Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Suleimani lauded the preparedness of the Iranian Armed Forces defenses, and said Iran will give a “stunning response to the enemies in case of any possible attack on the country.”
His message seemed aimed at the United States.
“The enemies do not realize that the Iranian people are able to astound them,” Major General Suleimani said in a ceremony in the Southern Kerman province on Thursday.
He reiterated that the “enemies assume” that Iran is like Afghanistan or Pakistan, but this is a wrong assessment.
“Relying on its devoted nation, our country will strongly confront any threat posed by the enemies,” Major General Suleimani added.
Earlier last week, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined that the country’s Armed Forces are “prepared to confront any possible threat by the enemies.”
“We do not threaten any country, but we can respond to threats at any level,” the Iranian defense minister said.
Brigadier General Dehqan also pointed to the US’s increasing military presence in the Middle East, and stressed that Washington seeks to promote “Iranophobia” among the Persian Gulf Arab governments to serve its own self serving interests in the strategic region.
The Iranian defense minister underscored Iran’s significant position in the Middle East in terms of defense capabilities, describing the Islamic Republic as the pioneer of “peace, stability and integrity” in the region.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense and military capabilities and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.