Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the country’s security is a red line, pledging to firmly respond to any threats or acts of aggression against the Islamic Republic’s national security.
Baqeri made the remark in a message issued on Wednesday following Iran’s missile attack against the Daesh targets in eastern Syria last week.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missiles into Daesh bases in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr on Sunday in retaliation for the June 7 twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran, which killed at least 17 people and injured over 50 others.
“The IRGC’s powerful operation to fire medium-range missiles into the command center of the Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr showed that national security is a red line for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and efforts to safeguard it will not be neglected even for a moment,” read part of the statement.
Baqeri said the missile attack, which came as the US Senate voted for fresh sanctions against Iran, made the enemy understand that “any threat or acts of aggression against the country’s security… will be met with [Iran’s] Armed Forces’ response.”
He added that the strike demonstrates that all Iranians unanimously agree that the US is leading terrorists and acts of terror.
The US Senate on June 15 overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing sanctions on Iran over its missile program among other things.
The legislation still must pass the Republican-led House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law.
Iran has said it will give a fitting response to the new US sanctions.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has censured Israel for supporting terrorism, saying the regime is, either covertly or overtly, complicit in almost all crises gripping the Middle East region.
“Today, it happens rarely for Zionists not to have a hand, either behind the scenes or openly, in rifts among regional countries,” Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Wounded terrorists receive treatment in Israeli hospitals, he said, adding that the Tel Aviv regime arms terrorists and bombards the region in favor of them.
“It is clear that they (Israelis) support terrorism in the region,” President Rouhani said. “Undoubtedly, the split between regional countries and the Muslim world, such as the ones between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and Egypt and Turkey eventually benefits global Zionism and usurping Israel.”
The Iranian chief executive also stressed that Zionism could be contained in the region if the Muslim world unites and the rifts are settled.
He further said the Islamic Republic would not allow terrorism to spread in the region, warning the terrorists and their masters against attempts to drag the scourge into Iran.
He was referring to remarks by Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who said last month that Riyadh would work to move “the battle” to Iran.
Elsewhere in his comments, Rouhani refered to Iran’s recent retaliatory missile strike on Daesh terrorists in Syria and said fighting terrorism is a decision made by the whole Iranian nation.
On Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missiles at the Daesh-held Syria town of Dayr al-Zawr in retaliation for the recent deadly terror attacks in the capital, Tehran.
Rouhani reaffirmed that Iran’s missiles are for defensive purposes, saying the country seeks no permission from anyone to boost its defense might.
The president also pointed to an anti-Iran sanctions bill passed by the US senate last week, saying the new officials in Washington have made wrong calculations if they think they could pressure Iran with congressional measures.
The bill calls for sanctions on Iran over its missile program among other things.
Rouhani said the US has hatched different plots against Iran over the past 40 years, stressing that the new US administration should know the Iranian people would not remain silent and would give an appropriate response to any threats.