0832 GMT January 20, 2022
Major General Hossein Salami, during his visit to the southwestern Ilam Province on Thursday, said the military option against Iran is off the table, as the country has become too powerful to fall victim to foreign aggression, Press TV wrote.
“The Leader’s vision was to wear down and undermine the enemy and this craft blocked the foe’s approach and removed every option from its table,” he said in a speech, referring to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
He stressed that the enemy has instead resorted to economic warfare and sanctions against Iran as any adversary knows that Islamic, revolutionary Iran is powerful and not an occupiable territory.
His remarks came amid the seventh round of talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna, aimed at the removal of U.S. cruel and draconian sanctions on Iran.
The former U.S. administration under president Donald Trump in May 2018 reinstated economic sanctions on Iran almost three years after they were eased as part of a deal between Iran and the world powers.
Although sanctions have severely impacted daily life in Iran, they have failed to achieve Washington’s stated objective of bringing Iranians to their knees.
Following the reimposition of sanctions, Iran’s Leader had underlined the necessity of measures to neutralize them in addition to diplomatic efforts to have them removed.
In recent weeks, the U.S. has threatened to consider “all options” if the talks in Vienna, which seek removal of Washington’s sanctions, fail. The Israeli regime, in a more blatant fashion, has threatened Iran with war, irrespective of the outcome of talks in Vienna.
Observers, however, have dismissed the threats as empty rhetoric, which smack of desperation.
The top Iranian general noted that the Iranian nation is aware of the enemy’s conspiracies and will not fall prey to its wicked designs.
“You want our people to go hungry and you have blockaded their [lifeline], yet you issue happy Norouz messages to the Iranian nation,” he said. “Do you think the nation does not know you?”
General Salami’s remarks were in reference to the statement issued by the former U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in 2018, wherein he threatened to starve the Iranian people.
Iranian officials must listen to the U.S. “if they want their people to eat,” Pompeo was quoted as saying in an interview in November 2018.
Meanwhile, General Salami acknowledged Iran’s economic problems, but pointed out that the American people were not free from problems, either.
He censured the U.S. government for the high percentage of homeless people in the country, the crippled health care system, and the American police’s expropriating of people’s homes.
“You have a system whose police expropriate the houses of the poor, while we are a system that builds houses for the poor. We build so many that no one would be rendered homeless,” he added.