Iran continues to threaten to respond to any US aggression and prepare for all scenarios, and Iranian officials have repeated statements of the promise of revenge with the commemoration of the first anniversary of the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that there are indications of suspicious American movements in the region, and that Tehran has informed Washington through private channels that it will bear the repercussions of any adventure.
Khatibzadeh said that his country had informed countries in the region of the need to beware of falling into the “trap of American conspiracies,” stressing that Tehran would not initiate attacks on anyone, but its response would be inevitable and firm.
He also said that US President Donald Trump will leave with a sinister legacy, and that the Iranians will not forget the assassination of Soleimani and his companions, referring to the US strike that targeted Soleimani near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.
Threat and intimidation
For his part, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the chief military advisor to the Iranian Leader, Ali Khamenei, said that Iran hopes that nothing bad will happen until the departure of the “malicious” Trump government, promising at the same time that the revenge for Soleimani will remain strong in the long term.
Safavi added to Iranian state television on Friday evening that his country will not initiate war at any time, but it is ready to respond, considering that the United States is “very concerned” about the Iranian move on the anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination and that it is “in a state of defense.”
Safavi indicated that the Iranian forces are monitoring all American movements in the region, from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to Sea of Oman And the Indian Ocean, and even in neighboring countries.
The chief military advisor also considered that the American forces in the region are weak and under the supervision of the Iranians, as he put it.
Tense and alert
The previous days witnessed many similar statements, as Ismail Ghaani – who succeeded Soleimani in the leadership of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – said yesterday that his country is still ready to respond and will determine the appropriate time and place for that, and hinted that revenge includes the American interior.
The Iranian mission to the United Nations also said in a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the UN Security Council that “US provocations by sending strategic bombers to the region may lead to a dangerous escalation,” warning of any “American adventure” in the Gulf.
On the other hand, the American network “NBC” quoted an American official as saying that the United States is noticing increasing indications that Iran may plan to launch an attack against American forces or interests in the Middle East.
The correspondent of “CNN” in the Pentagon also said that the Iranian navy has raised its level of alert in the Gulf with the possibility of Iranian operations in the Gulf.