TEHRAN(Basirat) : Iranian Army Chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said Iran’s missile power was defensive and non-negotiable.
The official made the remarks while addressing a meeting of commanders of IRGC
Ground Forces held in Mashhad. "grouping IRGC with terrorist groups and imposing
similar sanctions against them would mark a big risk for Americans,” he noted.
Bagheri said despite continuation of plots and threats by the enemy front and
intensification of anti-Iranian investment by regional puppets of the US and the
Zionist regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran is still moving on its luminous and
inspirational path with authority and dignity almost four decades after victory
of the Islamic Revolution.
He called for more intelligence and readiness for thwarting new security threats
which have been devised by arrogant and reactionary powers and are intensified
due to negligence of some neighboring states.
Stressing that Iran today is stronger and more successful than ever for
maintaining its ability to defend itself against threats, the commander asserted
"by focusing on a progressive capacity-building strategy, the country has been
able to defend borders, assist Axis of Resistance to confront Takfiri terrorists
and transfer the battlefield to remote areas bringing unmatched security to its
Maj. Gen. Bagheri underscored that different conditions would be present inside
the country had it not been for prudent leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei,
bravery of Armed Forces commanders and unity of the noble nation of Iran.
"Southwest Asia has become heart of developments in the world and, due to
interference of arrogant powers, shamelessness of the Zionists and stupidity and
treachery of leaders of some of non-popular governments in the region today, the
region is faced with new conspiracies which require careful attention.”
He deemed it strange and suspicious that, defeat of ISIL and Takfiri terrorists
was immediately followed by the idea of a referendum on the Iraqi Kurdistan and
isolation of a part of the neighboring country. The Army Chief said holding a
referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan would cause new problems and challenges in the
region. He emphasized that the issue was in no way acceptable to the Iraqi
neighbors since independence and integrity of Iraq would benefit all ethnic and
He touched upon recent disagreements and tensions between some regional
countries inviting them to unity and dialogue in a space away far from violence
He stressed that the region had no more room for wars and other tensions which
would otherwise pave the path for malicious and aggressive enemies; "countries
of the region possess the capacity to resolve problems and disagreements without
the need for interfere of trans-regional hegemonic powers.”
Bagheri, pointing to recent threats and speeches of US military officials who,
with a clear involvement in the internal affairs of our country, spoke of the
necessity of changing the regime in Iran, said "fortunately, by holding a
massive election with complete security, the Iranian nation proved that it does
not allow interference in the fate and security of the country.” He therefore
invited American officials exercise more caution while making comments about
other countries including Iran who stands firmly and consistently against all
He noted that Iran's nation has always been against the domination system and
becomes increasingly stronger and therefore further sanctions will be an
opportunity for growth, self-reliance and attention to the indigenous and
domestic capacities of the country.
Iranian Army Chief, while pointing to recommendation of the American Legislative
Council to take caution in deciding on imposition of new sanctions against Iran,
emphasized that Iran's missile power was defensive and could never be
The commander, at another part of his remarks, praised the Ground Forces of
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who have played a distinguished and
outstanding role in providing border security amid all regional tensions and
crises. He further enumerated constructive measures taken by IRGC in medical,
treatment and humanitarian arenas reiterating that these forces have launched
field hospitals at which thousands of patients have undergone operations or
received treatment free of charge.
The units of this force are equipped with field hospitals and need and at the
level of several urban hospitals to provide free services to the people, which
has undergone thousands of operations in these hospitals for treatment.
"IRGC, in addition to its role in defense and security areas, has had strategic
implications in the field of construction, and assisting people and has also
played an indispensable role in relying on indigenous and Iranian capabilities,”
SOURCE :Mehr News Agency