The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ military drill in the Persian Gulf is a strong message to the United States and Israel that Iran’s deterrent power can “ward off” any hostile movement against the country, says a political commentator.
“As threats by Israel and the United States are growing to Tehran, Tehran is sending a very strong pulse that though it has not attacked any other country in the last 200 years but it has a very capable deterrent power that could defend and ward off any kind of hostile movements against the country,” Mostafa Khoshcheshm told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.
“This is a very strong response to the US that has been seeking to constrain and restrain Iran’s military power … As Iran sees itself under threat by [US President] Donald Trump and Israel, it is sending very tough warning to keep them away from the contact lines and from any hostile movement that they might have in mind,” he added.
IRGC has held the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf, launching an “offensive” component in Iran’s defensive strategy for the first time.
The Great Prophet 12 drill entered its final chapter in the general area on Saturday, with IRGC chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari saying “we hope the enemies have more than ever grasped the power of our response.”
The IRGC Ground Force’s chief Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the drills take place on a strategic and defensive level proportionate to the enemies’ potential threats.