A senior official at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) condemned US Secretary of State John Kerry for his military threats against Iran, and said Tehran will give a much more crushing response and will destroy all the US bases in the region if it comes under attack by Washington.
“The Americans are well aware that if they make a mistake, the Islamic Republic’s response will be much crushing and devastating and in other words, we will give a response with a wider radius,” Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative at the IRGC Yadollah Javani told FNA on Sunday.
“The Islamic Republic can attack all the US interests in the region and they will never be able to show a proportionate reaction against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s move,” he added.
Javani referred to the US threats against Iran’s nuclear installations, and said, “Certainly, the Americans will never succeed in stopping Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
He described Kerry’s military threats against Iran as political bluffing, and said such threats have been repeated in the last 35 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran and always proved to be unauthentic.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview in Geneva on Thursday that the military option was still on the table if Iran did not live up to its nuclear commitments under the Geneva deal.
In response, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani rapped US Secretary of State John Kerry for his military threats against Iran amid diplomatic efforts to settle the differences between Tehran and the world powers, and said the parliament increases the country’s military budget in response to Washington’s continued war rhetoric.
“Today, you heard Kerry’s remarks and saw his sabre-rattling against the Islamic Republic of Iran and we should fully understand this sensitivity and take practical measures against it,” Larijani said, addressing the Iranian lawmakers on Saturday evening.
Stressing that the US Secretary of State’s remarks needs a pragmatic response, he said Iran would increase its military budget in response and to defend the country against possible threats.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also slammed Kerry’s remarks, and underlined that the Iranian nation will give the most crushing response to any possible aggression by the enemies.
“You could never understand the extent of the invasive capacity of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Major General Jafari stressed on Saturday.
“Mr. Kerry must know that direct battle with the US is the biggest dream of pious and revolutionary people across the world. Your threats offer our revolutionary people the best opportunity,” Jafari underlined.
He added that “wise politicians” in the United States are unlikely to let the “ridiculous military option” remain on the table.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Kerry’s recent remarks against Iran are clear breach of the international law and the UN charter.
“These statements (by Kerry) are for consumption of a group of audience of a specific media in the region, but in the meantime it is the violation of international law and the charter of the United Nations,” Afkham underlined.
On Friday, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri downplayed the US and its allies’ war rhetoric against Iran, and said they don’t dare to attack Iran because they have no hope of victory in such a war.
In response to Kerry’s comments, the senior Iranian commander said that the US government knows that the military option against Iran is not practical.
The United States has long stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran’s progress in the field of nuclear technology.
Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle-East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An estimated 40 percent of the world’s oil supply passes through the waterway.