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Commander: No Regional State Able to Confront Iran

16 January 2016 12:22


Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam downplayed certain countries’ threats to the nation, and said no regional state is capable of conducting military confrontation against Tehran.

“Iran is an integrated country which enjoys a high deterrent power,” Biqam told FNA on Saturday.

“The threatening words that certain countries utter sometimes are mostly their wishes that will never come true and you may rest assured that no country in the region is able to confront Iran,” he underlined.

Biqam also referred to Iran’s presence in the international waters, and said despite the fact that the Iranian Navy has limited voyage and operation of its warships in Northern Indian Ocean to the 10-degree latitude, the country’s vessels have several times rushed outside the specified limits to help the cargo ships threatened by pirate attacks.

Yet, he said the Iranian Naval forces are present in regions beyond the Northern 10-degree latitude and in certain important waterways, including Malacca Strait, the Pacific Ocean and the equator.

In relevant remarks in November, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined the Armed Forces’ capability to give a rapid and crushing response to any enemy threat.

“The Iranian Armed Forces are able to control and repel threats decisively and swiftly in accordance with their level and type,” Dehqan said, addressing a gathering in Tehran.

He also underscored the country’s huge progress in the past few years in building different weapons and military equipment to defend itself.

The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces in a statement in May underlined intelligence superiority over enemies’ moves in the region, and warned that any hostile act against the country will face a crushing response.

Using the invaluable experiences of the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war against Iran (1980-1988) and the commandership of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian Armed Forces “will give a proper and crushing response to any threat, given their intelligence superiority over the enemy front’s situation and moves”, the statement said on Saturday.

It also described developing capacity for the country’s growing defensive production and development of Iran’s deterrence power as the Armed Forces’ main goal.

The statement said under such conditions that the country is facing a sensitive situation, there is no doubt that the key weapon of unity and sympathy between the government and the nation would yield valuable and decisive results.

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