TEHRAN(Basirat): A top Iranian military official has said his country won’t surrender to the U.S. days after a top American military official made military threats against Iran.
In a New Year speech in Tehran on Tuesday, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, the
chief-of-staff of Iran's armed forces, said, "We won’t give in to pressures,
propaganda war and psychological operations of the U.S. and its allies. We have
the upper hand in countering them.”
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen under the Trump
administration, an end to a less strained era during the presidency of Barack
Obama who championed an international nuclear deal with Tehran.
The comments come after a series of vehement exchanges between senior military
officials of the sides.
Late March, U.S. Army General Joseph Votel branded Iran as "the greatest
long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East.
Votel, who heads the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), made the hostile remarks
while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee.
"We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military
means or other means their activities,” he said.
"We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable
for the things that they are doing.”
Responding to the remarks, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan called on
the U.S. to leave the Persian Gulf region and stop harassment of Iran.
In a separate development, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Friday in
London that Iran is continuing to behave as an exporter of terrorism and still
sponsors militant activity.
Asked about his comments made in 2012 that the three primary threats the United
States faced were "Iran, Iran, Iran," Mattis told reporters that Iran's behavior
had not changed in the years since.
Iran, while rejecting the allegations, said that the main source was U.S. ally
"Some countries led by America are determined to ignore the main source of
Takfiri-Wahhabi terrorism and extremism," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram
Ghasemi was quoted as saying.
"Giving a wrong address when referring to the roots and the financial and
ideological resources of terrorism is a main reason for a lack of success by
international anti-terror efforts," Ghasemi added.
Earlier in February, an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander threatened
that Iran would use its missiles if its security comes under threat, saying,
"Our roaring missiles will fall on their heads.”
However, on Monday Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted his
country will not give the Trump administration any pretext that can be used