A senior Iranian military commander says Islamic Republic forces will not allow airborne objects to enter the country’s airspace without permission and warns of a “damaging response to such intrusions.”
Brigadier Ali Asadi, commander of Iran’s Western Air Defense Zone, made the remarks at a ceremony in western Hamedan province on Friday to commemorate the 43rd
Highlighting the role of the military division under his command over the years, Asadi said: “The [Iranian] The air defense will not allow any unauthorized aircraft to enter the country’s skies and will deliver a crushing response with great aplomb.”
The senior Iranian commander also pointed out that “the most important and fundamental factor in the victory of the Islamic Revolution was the uprising of the people who believed in the thoughts of the founder of the revolution, who had no fears other than the dignity of Iran and the Iranian nation and not dependent on foreigners.”
“The high standing of Iran, particularly the country’s armed forces, was built with the support of the Iranian people and the dedication and patriotism of their youth.”
The Iranian nation overthrew the despotic Pahlavi regime, fully supported by the United States, in the winter of 1979 after the Shah’s regime was forced to allow the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to return from exile.
To mark the 43rd anniversary of the auspicious event, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) on Wednesday.
the ballistic missile with precision strikedubbed Khaybar Shekan, is capable of hitting his designated targets with pinpoint accuracy.
A Pentagon study recently acknowledged Iran’s missile power and said its arsenal is larger than that of any other country in West Asia.
“Iran has an extensive missile development program and the size and sophistication of its missile force continues to grow, despite decades of anti-proliferation efforts aimed at stemming its progress,” it said.
Despite decades of sanctions imposed by Washington, Iran has made significant gains in its ballistic missile program.
Last month, an American political scientist said Iran’s missile program has disrupted US strategic military calculations in West Asia and altered the balance of power in a region where Washington has long sought to maintain a military advantage.
“The US fears that Iran will upset the regional balance of power hitherto American-enforced, which should give Washington and its allies a crucial military advantage over the Islamic Republic,” Andrew Korybko, a Moscow-based American political commentator, told Press TV.
Iran’s missile program, he said, has increased the cost of a potential military confrontation for the United States. It has prompted Americans to question their policies and resort to unconventional means to destabilize Iran, including through proxy wars against its regional partners, Korybko said.