Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, said that there would be no safe point for any party that wants to target Iranian interests, after talking about Trump’s discussion with officials in his administration about the possibility of targeting an Iranian nuclear site.
Salami added, in statements reported by the Revolutionary Guards’ website, “Sepah News”, that Iran’s military strategy is a defensive strategy and does not pose a threat to any country, stressing that Tehran will not allow any party to attack it.
Salami explained that Iran plays an important role in ensuring the security of the Gulf strategic waters, and will continue its work to ensure the security of the region.
These statements came after the New York Times reported on Monday in a report that US President Donald Trump, whose term ends in two months, last week polled a number of senior officials about the possibility of “moving” against an Iranian nuclear site “in the coming weeks.”
The newspaper reported that officials “convinced the president not to go ahead with a military strike” against Tehran, given the risk of a large-scale conflict arising as a result.
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Maj. Gen. Salami said that the Gulf is a “strategic region for the global economy,” stressing that “the Islamic Republic of Iran plays an excellent and unique role in providing security for this critical maritime area for the global economy.”
He warned, “We will not be bound by a specific geographical area to defend our security and vital interests.”
“If someone wanted to threaten the interests of this people and the great country, he would certainly not find a safe point for himself on the face of the earth,” Salami said.
The relations severed four decades ago between the United States and Iran witnessed an escalation in tension since Trump assumed the presidency in 2017, then his withdrawal in the following year from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and his re-imposition of severe sanctions on Tehran, leading to the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, General Qassem Soleimani. With an American air strike in Baghdad early this year.
The US President re-imposed harsh sanctions on Tehran as part of a policy of “maximum pressure” he pursued against it, which had negative repercussions on the Iranian economy and the local currency exchange rate.
In response, Iran has since May 2019 backed away from some of the commitments contained in the nuclear deal.