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Top Commander: Polls Show 84 Percent of Iranians Assured of Armed Forces’ Tough Response to Potential Threats

23 February 2015 19:47

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Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi lauded the country’s Armed Forces for their watchfulness and preparedness to repel enemies’ threats, and said polls show that Iranian people rest assured that the country’s military forces will give a crushing response to any possible threat.
“An opinion poll conducted recently by Kherad Institute affiliated to the Iranian Intelligence Ministry showed that 84 percent of the respondents are assured of the appropriate response of the military forces to the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and the country,” Firouzabadi said, addressing a conference on crime prevention in Tehran on Monday.

He noted that Kherad Institute has recently conducted an opinion poll which indicated the Iranian nation’s satisfaction in the performance of the country’s Armed Forces.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in developing and manufacturing its essential needs to military tools, weapons, equipment and systems.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

On Friday, Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan underlined preparedness of the country’s armed forces to confront any possible threat of the enemy.

“Iranian Armed Forces’ capabilities are in proportion to the enemies’ threats,” Brigadier General Pourdastan told FNA.

He noted that the country’s Armed Forces are proud that they can design all their defense equipment inside the country.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli underlined that the country’s Air Defense shields are fully prepared to repel any enemy threat.

“A solid air defense shield covering an area of 3,600 points of the Iranian air space has ensured full defense of the Iran’s skies,” Brigadier General Esmayeeli told reporters.

He noted that the Iranian Air Defense’s current status is attributed to the capabilities of the country’s Armed Forces.

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