Fars News Agency — May 7, 2015
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami played down the US officials’ war rhetoric against Iran, and stressed that the country has prepared itself for the worst case scenario.
“We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for us; we welcome war with the US as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power,” Salami said in an interview with the state-run TV on Wednesday.
His remarks came after US Secretary of State John Kerry, who leads his country’s team in the nuclear talks with Iran, in a charm offensive to rebuild ties with Israel over the Iran policy said recently that military action is still among possible options for Washington.
Salami underlined that the era of using force and military power is over, and said the US has gained victory over some countries which had “rotten” armies and couldn’t resist against aggression and Washington shouldn’t compare the Islamic Republic’s powerful Armed Forces with them.
The top General warned that Tehran will set fire to every military base from which a hostile US plane takes off for bombing Iran, and said, “We warn their pilots that their first flight (to target Iran) will be their last one and no one will be allowed to go back safe and sound and they should call their flights as their last flight.”
Salami also called on the Iranian officials who are participating in the nuclear negotiations with the world powers to leave the negotiating table if faced with any more threat from the US again.
In relevant comments yesterday, Salami warned that any military aggression against Iran would ignite a worldwide Muslim war on the US and its interests across the globe.
“When the arrogant powers grow united in different directions to weaken the Islamic community, we should use our different capacities to fight against the enemy, and the Islamic Iran has gained many experiences in fighting against the enemy so far,” Salami said, addressing a ceremony in the Central city of Qom on Wednesday.
He also warned of the different methods and ways used by the enemies to confront Iran and weaken the country, and said they have now resorted to economic pressures against Tehran.
Meantime, Salami downplayed the enemies’ attempts and war rhetoric against Iran, and said, “War against Iran will mobilize the Muslim world against the US, an issue which is very well known by the enemy.”
Also on Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed the US war rhetoric against Iran as empty and boastful remarks, but meantime, warned that Tehran would not negotiate under threat.
“This is not acceptable that the opposite side continues making threats simultaneous with the talks,” the Leader said, addressing a public meeting with teachers here in Tehran.
He further noted the remarks made by two US officials in recent days who had alleged that military threats against Iran are still alive, and said, “Negotiation under the ghost of a threat is meaningless and the Iranian nation does not tolerate negotiation under the shadow of threat.”
“First of all, you can’t do a damn thing,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in response to the two US officials, and added, “Secondly, as I had already stated during the term of the former US president, the era of hit-and-run attacks is gone and the Iranian nation will not let go anyone intending to make an aggression” against it.
Meantime, he said the US needs the nuclear talks, at least, as much as Iran does, and pointed out that Iran is willing to put an end to the sanctions, while the US officials need to leave a legacy behind as “they are deeply in need to make this claim that they have made Iran sit to the negotiating table and imposed certain points on it”.
The Supreme Leader underlined that now everyone in Iran knows pretty well that the country’s economic problems are not resolved through the removal of the sanctions, “rather resolving economic problems requires our own planning, will and ability, no matter the sanctions are in place or not”.
“Of course, if the sanctions are removed, the economic problems could be solved more easily, but their resolution will be possible if the sanctions continue,” he added.
The Iranian leader further reminded the country’s team of negotiators once again to pay good heed to the redlines, “but never allow the other side to impose its will, exercise force, humiliate or threaten you”.