TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri warned of consequences of any possible aggression against the Islamic Republic and said aggressors would have to pay a heavy cost.
In a speech on the sidelines of a visit to the base of the 65th Airborne Special Forces Brigade (called NOHED Brigade in Persian) in Tehran on Tuesday, Major General Baqeri pointed to the hostile actions taken by the US and the Israeli regime against Iran and said there is no doubt about the hostility of “the criminal US and the killer Zionist regime” against the Islamic Republic.
The top commander further highlighted Iran’s military might and said the deterrence power prevents the enemy from invading the country.
“The enemy should know that if it transgresses borders of the Islamic homeland, it will face a united nation who follow a leader and has strong and powerful armed forces,” Major General Baqeri stated.
Such a confrontation will be followed by heavy casualties for the aggressors, destruction of their equipment and a shameful disgrace to them, he went on to say.
The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US after the Islamic Republic shot down an advanced US spy drone over its territorial waters and also recent attacks by Yemeni forces on Saudi oil facilities, with Washington and Riyadh claiming Iran was behind them.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on June 20 that a US spy drone that violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of the day was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan.
The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.
Tensions between the US and Iran escalated further after Yemeni armed forces conducted a large-scale operation against Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil installations last month, in response to the Saudi-led war on their country.
The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement immediately took credit for the attacks, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. Tehran categorically rejected the allegations.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia claimed that the strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the “north” and were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran, adding that the Houthis were not responsible for the assault despite claiming it.
Shortly after the Saudi announcement, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, however, reiterated it was behind the weekend attack, stressing that the Houthis have new drones, powered by “normal and jet engines” that can reach targets deep in Saudi Arabia.
“Our forces have reached a high level of efficiency and ability. They can manufacture various types of unmanned aerial vehicles in record time. The Second Deterrent Balance Operation, which targeted Saudi oil installations, is a perfect example of the capabilities of our forces in terms of planning and implementation,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree said during a press conference in the capital Sana’a.