Iran ready for the most dangerous scenarios: IRGC commander
A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Iranian nation is prepared for the “most dangerous scenarios of threats” against Iran as US President Donald Trump is expected to announce a decision on the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
“Today, Iran has the upper hand in the equations and our enemies including the US, the Zionist regime (Israel) and their puppet regimes in the region should know that the Iranian nation has prepared itself for the most dangerous scenarios of threats,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s second-in-command, said on Tuesday.
In a post on his Twitter account, Trump said he would announce whether Washington will exit the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on Tuesday.
“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place,” he tweeted to point the finger at the former secretary of state.
The IRGC commander further said at the end of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s, enemies started an all-out war against the Islamic Republic in economic and political fields.
However, the Iranian nation proved that it cannot be defeated and is capable of protecting the country in the face of the enemies, Salami added.
He emphasized that Iran is currently a superpower in the region and said the Iranian people are not afraid of the US sanctions or its military aggression.
Under the JCPOA, reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
President Trump, a long-time critic of the JCPOA, has repeatedly threatened to abrogate the nuclear agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire, if the European signatories to the deal — Britain, France and Germany — do not “fix” its “terrible flaws.”
Other signatories to the JCPOA, as well as the UN and the European Union, which moderated the talks in the lead-up to the agreement, have warned Washington against trying to sabotage it. They call it a pillar of regional and international peace and stability, and a multilateral pact, which cannot be simply terminated by a single party.
Salami’s comments came a day after Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned that the Islamic Republic would give a proportionate response to the enemy’s slightest aggression against the country.
“If the enemy casts a covetous eye on our interests or conducts [even] a slight act of aggression, the Islamic Republic will give an appropriate response at an appropriate time,” Baqeri said while visiting ground, aviation and armored units of the Iranian Army in the southwestern Khuzestan Province.