Major General Gholam-Ali Rashid, the commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Central Headquarters, warned of a well-calculated response at the right time and place should enemies make the slightest mistake.
Enemies should know that “we are always watching them, we are ready, and we will surely impose more costs on them compared to what they can achieve,” Rashid said, according to Press TV.
He hoped that the enemy would not seek to “test our will and strength,” otherwise it will not be able to “bear the costs of an all-out confrontation.”
“Believing in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power will definitely cost the enemy less,” Rashid added.
The remarks follow weeks of Israeli saber-rattling especially over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, which Tel Aviv staunchly opposes.
Israel says it has informed American officials an order to its military to prepare for the possibility of a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“Of course, we prefer to act in international cooperation, but if necessary – we will act alone. We defend ourselves by ourselves,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid threatened on Monday.
Iranian generals have warned Israel against any adventurism against the country, pledging a crushing response to any attack.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) also launched a massive military exercise last week, after which both the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri and IRGC Chief Commander Hossein Salami said that the Iranian Armed Forces will “cut off” the hands of aggressors in case of an attack against the country.
“Twenty-five large-scale exercises have been planned for this year,” Rashid said, hinting at the latest exercise. “So far, 15 major exercises have been conducted by the army and the IRGC, some of which, of course, will not be publicized.”
He said military exercises are held annually by the Iranian Armed Forces to test the perception of enemy threats and assess the level of combat readiness, adding that more importantly, the drills show the adaptation degree of the preparations to the risks ahead.
In fact, the general continued, conducting exercises “means a war before the war. Therefore, it requires precision and creativity in targeting and planning, as well as novelty in execution in order to surprise the enemy.”