Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi today criticized recent comments made by Iran’s defense minister that Iran would hit US naval fleet in the Persian Gulf if its nuclear installations were attacked.
“Before talking about sensitive and dangerous topics, a military commander must consult with appropriate military branch headquarters,” Gen. Firouzabadi said. “It is possible that such talks by politicians might not cost much, but we expect our senior military officers to avoid making emotional and unthoughtful statements.” [Fars News Agency, 22 January]
The defense minister had surprised this blogger at the toughness of the statement he had made on Wednesday. Gen. Firouzabadi’s statement today goes a long way to clear any misunderstanding caused by the rookie defense minister.
In another part of his interview, Gen. Firouzabadi also criticizes US military leaders for their recent statements on Iran.
“Although US military leaders had been on record saying an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be extremely dangerous and would make the region unsafe for the US, but they continue with their unwise declarations regarding Iranian nuclear facilities,” Gen. Firouzabadi said.
The statement was apparently a response to US Adm. Mullen’s recent declaration that the US military was capable of hitting Iranian nuclear facilities, even though he would not recommend such action.