Generals Warn the West Against Attacking Missile and Nuclear Sites
Three senior Iranian generals told reporters in Tehran on Sunday, within hours of each other, that the Iranian armed forces are ready to defend the country against military attacks by the West.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Army Brig. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said Iran's Armed Forces are “geared up” to defend their country.
“Some Iranian weapons will be kept secret until the day comes to face the enemy,” Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said [IRNA, 4 September].
Gen. Mousavi did not elaborate what types of weapons still unknown to outside world he was referring to. He added that the military was actively monitoring the developments in specific areas as part of its readiness to counter the attacks.
Later in the day, Brig. Gen. Mohsen Heidari, the Deputy Commander of IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, said the IRGC are holding exercises aimed at preparing it for “times of crisis.”
“We have tried [to enable] each region to be independent for itself and needless of the central command, because our strategy is based on having each region stand on its own feet and to meet its own needs at the time of crisis,” Gen. Heidari said [Fars News Agency, 4 September].
Gen. Heidari also said the country had started mass-producing new generations of domestically made air defense systems known as Mersad (Ambush) and Sayyad (Hunter) II. Mersad is reportedly capable of hitting targets up to 150 kilometers away, while Sayyad II is comprised of two-stage missiles that reportedly can be used against aircraft at medium and high altitudes.
Meanwhile, IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Yadollah Javani said on Sunday that attacking Iran would be a “grave mistake.”
Referring to a recent threat by French President Nikolas Sarkozy, Gen. Javani said the US and the West are incapable of attacking Iran.
“Today, Iran has the ability to defend itself and when you look at Western scientific strategic circles, they say attacking Iran would be a grave mistake as it is able to defend itself,” Gen. Javani said [Fars News Agency, 4 September].
The seemingly coordinated declarations by the three senior generals warning the West against attacking Iran, and raising the expectations for a possible military attack on the country, were unusual in recent years. Since late 2007, when the US said Iran had halted its research on developing nuclear weapon capabilities, the Iranian generals have restrained their comments on possibilities of military attacks on Iranian missile and nuclear sites.