IRGC Spokesman: Iran’s Deterrent Power Prevents Israeli Threats
TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said that the Iranian Armed Forces’ deterrent power dissuades Israel from implementing its threats against the country.
Iran’s recent drills and show of force compelled Israeli rulers to halt their empty military threats against the country, General Sharif said in an interview with al-Alam news channel.
He referred to the IRGC’s latest large-scale military exercises, saying the Israelis issued lots of threats against the Islamic Republic only before the drills.
The IRGC held massive military exercises, dubbed Great Prophet 17, in Iran’s Southern coast last month. During the five-day maneuvers, Iran’s senior commanders sternly warned Israel against continuing its anti-Iran rhetoric.
Before the drills, Israeli officials had ratcheted up threats against Iran, specially over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, which the Israeli regime staunchly opposes.
They claimed that Israel would attack Iran, with minister of military affairs Benny Gantz telling American officials that he had directed the regime’s military to prepare for the possibility of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Brigadier General Sharif dismissed the remarks as empty rhetoric, echoing Israeli military assessments that the regime lacks the power to launch large-scale attacks against Iran.
“After the exercise, the Zionists’ prime minister officially ordered their military figures not to talk about Iran at all,” he said.
The Israelis, he said, are clearly interested in taking destructive action against Iran’s nuclear facilities, but the Islamic Republic’s deterrent power and the location of its nuclear facilities prevent the Tel Aviv regime.
“Regardless of whether they act or not, our assessment is that [the threats] are rhetoric intended for political gains, especially to overcome their problems in their occupied lands, which makes them try to distract [the public] with an external issue,” the general added.
He said if the Israelis felt that they were not dealt with decisively, they would conduct major attacks against the intended country, specially with regard to nuclear issues.
Pointing to Israel’s attacks against the nuclear facilities of Iraq and Syria, General Sharif said the Israelis' main manifesto is that no Muslim or Arab country has the right to have a nuclear program.
In relevant remarks last month, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters Major General Gholam Ali Rashid underlined Iran’s plan to stage several military drills, warning enemies of his country’s crushing response to any aggression.
“A sum of 25 massive army, IRGC andd joint drills have been scheduled for the current year and so far 15 massive wargames have been staged by the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and of course, some of them will not be publicized,” General Rashid said, addressing the Armed Forces’ commanders.
“We want the enemy not to be after testing our will and power because it will not be able to bear the costs of a massive and all-out confrontation. Therefore, believing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power will certainly have lower costs for the enemy,” he added.