Fars News Agency – April 23, 2011
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Ali Jafari played down possibility of any future military threat against Iran, given the country’s military might, high deterrent capabilities and intelligence supremacy over enemies’ moves.
Speaking in an interview with FNA, Jafari pointed to the massive military buildup of the trans-regional forces during the last 8 years (since the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq), and said during the same period Iran has been able to prepare itself and promote its capabilities, specially in military arenas.
“Now and at the end of this eight-year period we are in such conditions that many people, including our enemies, have realized that posing a military threat against Iran is no more effective,” the IRGC commander stressed.
“The cause of this deterrence is the high speed of our increased capabilities, including our missile capabilities,” Jafari underlined.
He pointed out that the IRGC has increased the range of its missiles so much that it can now confront trans-regional enemies.
“Although we are capable of increasing the range of our missiles, we don’t think it would be necessary because today our main trans-regional enemy, that is the Quds occupying regime (Israel) is within the range of our missiles,” Jafari reiterated.
“And if the US wants to back up Israeli threats, a major part of its forces are even closer to us and are within the range of our firepower as well,” the IRGC commander added.
Jafari further stressed that the IRGC has been monitoring enemies’ moves, tactics and capabilities closely and can easily perceive their objectives and actions in advance.
Israel and its close ally the United States have repeatedly warned of a military strike on Iran.
Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads, but they accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and the US as well as their worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by either country.
Iran has also warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.
Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.