RNA - Noting that many countries across the globe are aware of Iran’s defensive capabilities, Rear Admiral Fadavi said, “When the US has admitted weakness against the capabilities of the Islamic Republic, we pay no mind to the threats made by some regional countries.”
He made the remarks today, on the sidelines of the massive military parade in Tehran which along with parades across the nation mark the start of the Sacred Defense Week.
Addressing regional countries, the commander said, “I hope countries in the region will understand that Iran acts patiently toward US’ hostile deeds for the sake of Islam and Muslims.”
He underlined that Iran seeks unity among Muslim countries.
The IRGC deputy commander reiterated the warning that Iran will down any country’s drone in case it intrudes into Iranian territories, i.e. the same thing that was done to the US drone.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reminded his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that it is his B-Team hosts, Bin Zayed of the UAE and Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who want the US to initiate war on Iran and fight to the last American soldier, and not Iran.
"It's not Iran that wishes to fight to the last American; rather, it is his B-Team hosts who seem to wish to fight Iran to the last American," Zarif said in a tweet.
“Pompeo has it the other way around,” the top diplomat wrote in a reference to Pompeo’s Thursday remarks in Dubai.
After meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Pompeo told reporters, "We are still striving to build out a coalition in an act of diplomacy while the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war and to fight to the last American, we're here to build up a coalition aimed at achieving peace."
Zarif went on saying, "Iran has no desire for war, but we will, and always have, defend our people and our nation."
In an earlier tweet on Friday, Zarif had derided Pompeo’s self-proclaimed label of “peaceful” for Washington’s rally for forming an anti-Iran coalition.
Washington's so-called "coalition" announcement came in response to an attack led by Yemeni Armed Forces against Saudi Arabia's oil facilities over the weekend.
The attack effectively halved the kingdom's oil production.
Washington and Riyadh rushed to blame Tehran for the air raids, prompting an outright rejection from Iranian officials.
Showing reaction to war rhetoric of the US, Iranian Deputy Army Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari stressed on Thursday that his country's power has deterred any enemy attack.
"Enemy is still present but doesn’t dare to face a powerful country; our Armed Forces enjoy full readiness. The enemy knows that the Iranian nation backs the Armed Forces and that people and Leader are united," Rear Admiral Sayyari said, addressing a local ceremony in Markazi province in Central Iran.
Also on Thursday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami underlined that Iran has grown so much powerful that enemies resort to lies and allegations to blame the country for any incident in the world.
On Wednesday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani dismissed the US allegations of Tehran's involvement in the Saturday attacks on Saudi oil installations, warning of a crushing and powerful response to any aggression.
"The crisis in Yemen that Saudi Arabia's continued military aggression has prolonged for over 50 months has no military solution and can end only within the framework of Yemeni-Yemeni talks and without interference of third parties," Shamkhani said.
He described the Yemeni people's defense against foreign aggression and cruel massacre of the country's citizens as their legitimate and legal right and a natural reaction to aggressors' cruelties.
Shamkhani noted that the Yemeni army designs and builds its own weapons, and said blaming other countries for the Saturday attacks is just escaping ahead not to account for wasting resources to purchase advanced but ineffective military equipment from the Western states.
He underlined that Iran's strategic policy is decreasing tension, avoiding any clashes and resolving the regional crises through talks.
"Meantime, Iran monitors, with full preparedness, any intention and move for the purpose of aggression against the country or the interests of the Islamic Republic and will give a decisive and all-out response to possible mischiefs in the harshest way which can surprise the aggressors," Shamkhani said.