Days after Iran hailed the Almaty talks with P5+1, state-run news agencies and Press TV report that Iran was ready to “drop thousands of long-range missiles” on enemies in case of an invasion.
“We are waiting for an order by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Khamenei] to drop thousands of long-range missiles on enemies who have the evil thought of an invasion,” said Brig. Gen. Ali Shadmani, Deputy Chief of the Operations of the Iranian Armed Forces. (Press TV, 1 March)
“The enemies, equipped with advanced weaponry, seek an opportunity to carry out an act of aggression, but they even fear the idea of an invasion,” Gen. Shadmani added.
Also on Thursday, IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami praised Iran’s achievements in its defensive capabilities and said the Islamic Republic was prepared to respond to “any power.” Gen. Salami added that sanctions, threats, and economic war could not undermine Iran’s determination.
Note: The Almaty talks on Iran’s nuclear program were seen by many as diplomatic victory for both Iran and P5+1, paving the way for further negotiations in the next two months. And although a comprehensive settlement to the decade-old dispute might not be in sight yet, but reaching a first agreement between the two sides in more than eight years is seen as a distinct possibility during the next round of talks in Almaty in April. Talks of war, however, are constant reminders on how precarious diplomatic developments remain.
Photo credit: Hassan Mousavi (Fars News Agency)