TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan praised the country’s growing missile power and said the Islamic Republic will deliver “the most severe” response to any threats posed by the enemies.

In remarks released on Saturday, Brigadier General Dehqan hailed a recent missile attack by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces against the positions of the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group in Syria.

“As we have witnessed, Iran will never retreat in the face of the enemy,” he said, adding that all threats from posed against the Islamic Republic will receive the country’s “harshest responses”.

The IRGC targeted Daesh terrorists’ positions in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor on June 18.

In an operation codenamed “Laylat al-Qadr”, the IRGC fired six mid-range ballistic missiles at various targets within a range of 650 to 700 kilometers, including the headquarters, ammunition and logistic depots of the terrorists.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the commander shrugged off new US sanctions against Iran and said Washington has always been seeking to pressure Tehran and the move is not something new.

One day before, the IRGC’s missile attack against Daesh terrorists in Syria, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would step up sanctions against Iran. The measure, passed by a vote of 98 to 2, includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and alleged “continued support for terrorism.”

Many experts have slammed the hostile move as a breach of both the text and the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).