The chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says Iran managed to wear down the enemy and deprive them of the so-called military option against the country.
Major General Hossein Salami said during his visit to the southwestern province of Ilam on Thursday that the military option against Iran was off the table as the country had become too powerful to fall victim to foreign aggression.
“The leader’s vision was to wear down and undermine the enemy, and this ship blocked the enemy’s approach and removed any option from the table of the enemy,” he said in a speech, referring to the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
He stressed that the enemy had resorted to economic war and sanctions against Iran instead.
“Today’s Islamic, revolutionary Iran is powerful and every enemy knows that this territory cannot be occupied … and now they have resorted to economic war and sanctions,” said the chief commander.
His remarks came during the seventh round of talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna, which aimed to lift cruel and draconian sanctions against Iran.
The former US administration of Donald Trump reintroduced economic sanctions against Iran in May 2018, almost three years after the easing of sanctions under an agreement between Iran and the world powers.
Although the sanctions have severely affected daily life in Iran, they have not achieved Washingtonâ€™s stated goal of bringing the Iranians to their knees.
After the re-imposition of sanctions, the Iranian Supreme Leader had stressed the need for measures to neutralize the sanctions in addition to diplomatic efforts to lift them.
In the past few weeks the US has threatened to examine â€œall optionsâ€ if the talks in Vienna aimed at lifting the US sanctions should fail. The Israeli regime has threatened Iran with war in an even more blatant way, regardless of the outcome of the talks in Vienna.
However, observers have dismissed the threats as empty rhetoric that smells of desperation.
Elsewhere in his utterances, the Iranian general noted that the Iranian nation is aware of the enemy’s conspiracies and will not fall victim to his evil intentions.
â€œYou want our people to starve, and you blocked yours [lifeline], yet send happy Nowruz messages to the Iranian nation, â€he said. “Do you think the nation doesn’t know you?”
General Salami’s remarks related to a 2018 statement by former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatening to starve the Iranian people.
Iranian officials have to listen to the US “if they want their people to eat,” Pompeo was quoted as saying in a November 2018 interview.
Meanwhile, General Salami acknowledged Iran’s economic problems, but pointed out that the American people are not free from problems either.
He blamed the US government for the high number of homeless people in the country, the paralyzed health system and the expropriation of houses by the American police.
â€œYou are a system whose police are expropriating the houses of the poor, and we are a system that building houses for the poor. We are building so many that no one will be left homeless, â€he added.