Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the US against making any military moves on the Islamic Republic.
Firouzabadi said that if the United States attacks Iran, none of the American troops in the region will go back home alive.
“If the US seriously threatens Iran and takes an action against Iran, none of the US soldiers in the region will return to America alive,” Fars news agency quoted him as saying on Thursday.
Firouzabadi made the remarks in reaction to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said on Tuesday that Washington was keeping “all options” on the table for dealing with Iran and North Korea.
“If there is a message for Iran and North Korea here, it is that if you’re going to play by the rules, if you’re going to join the international community, then we will undertake certain obligations to you,” AFP quoted Gates as saying.
Firouzabadi also said if the US takes action against Iran, the threats it would face increase exponentially and its economic problems skyrocket.
“If the US seriously threatens Iran and takes an action against Iran, the threats against it will become a thousand times more, its economic problems will increase and it will lose more markets,” he said.
Firouzabadi’s speech comes a day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned Washington’s latest nuclear policy.
The policy authorizes the use of nuclear arms against nations which violate the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Obama’s mention of Iran is despite the fact that there is no credible evidence indicating Iran is violating the NPT.
In response to the new nuclear strategy, Ahmadinejad lambasted the plan and advised his US counterpart not to repeat the “past mistakes” of the previous US governments.
“I advise Mr Obama to be careful. If he tries to follow in the footsteps of Mr [George W.] Bush, the response of the [Iranian] nation will be the same crushing response they gave to Bush,” President Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northwestern city of Orumiyeh.
The 50-page “Nuclear Posture Review” (NPR) issued by the US administration was released on Tuesday. It purportedly restricts the use of US nuclear arms against some non-nuclear countries.
The new NPR by the Obama Administration restricts the use of US nuclear arms against some non-nuclear countries. Countries that “from the US perspective” do not comply with the NPT will be at risk of a possible nuclear attack.
The US has repeatedly accused Iran of failing to meet its obligations defined in the NPT — an allegation categorically denied by Tehran.
Iran was among the original countries that signed the NPT, a global pact aimed at curbing the spread of nuclear weapons across the globe.
Tehran says its nuclear work is monitored by the UN nuclear watchdog and is conducted in accordance with the NPT.