IRGC Chief: Iran Not Afraid of War, Neither Willing to Wage It
By Staff, Agencies
The Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [IRGC] Major General Hossein Salami said Iran does not seek war but is not afraid of one either.
Making a speech on Sunday, Major General Salami said that Iran was currently facing a threat close to its territory and thus the IRGC had operationalized its resources against that threat.
“When a threat is posed from afar, we think about it [only] on a strategic level, but when it comes close, we become active on operational levels as well,” Salami said.
He emphasized that Iran did not intend to be the aggressor party.
“We are not after war but we are not afraid of war either; though, before us, enemies do not have the will to wage war and are afraid of fighting [too],” Salami said.
He stressed that Iran was prepared in all defensive areas.
On April 8, the United States blacklisted the IRGC, prompting Iran to reciprocate by designating American forces based in West Asia as terrorists. The US has also deployed an aircraft carrier, a bomber task force, and an assault ship to the Persian Gulf, claiming that IRGC boats in Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf were equipped with missiles.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Major General Salami said that the US was powerful only in appearance.
“Great powers suffer attrition from within gradually, but their fall is abrupt. Today, we are witnessing the gradual erosion of this power [the US], and in the near future, we will bear witness to the fracturing of the pillars holding it in place,” he said.
Salami further stressed that the IRGC “has today hindered the enemy's advance everywhere.”
On Tuesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei played down Washington’s belligerent posture against Iran. Imam Khamenei ruled out the possibility of war between the US and Iran, adding that Washington knew that engaging in such a conflict would not be in its interest.