0947 GMT February 21, 2020
“In the military sphere, we have completely blocked the enemy’s path, and reversed the balance (in our favor),” Major General Hossein Salami said, speaking at the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters in Tehran on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
“Under the current circumstances, it is [actually] the enemies, who are wary whether a war would break out,” Salami noted. “That anxiety is visible in their practical and tactical attitude.”
He said the enemy was worried about the prospect of war and was focused instead on an economic conflict.
Tensions have soared between Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran in a bid to reduce international sales of Iranian oil to zero.
Last month, the prospect of a direct military confrontation between the rivals arose, after Iran shot down a US drone which had violated its airspace. The US, which claimed the drone was in international airspace at the time it was struck, aborted a retaliatory air raid, with Trump saying that it would have killed too many people.
A while ago, some would consider war to be inevitable if Iran refused to negotiate, but the tables turned and now the enemy trembles at even the thought of a potential military conflict with the Islamic Republic, Salami said.
The victory was iterated on the political arena, he said. He cited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei last month – which came at a time of heightened US-led attempts at demonizing Iran in the eyes of the international community.
Salami referred to the meeting as “the point, where the enemy suffered a heavy political defeat,” adding, “following the meeting, the status of our political power rose in the world and the issue of Iran’s isolation was dismissed as an invalid pursuit.”
He echoed remarks in May by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who had described the confrontation between Iran and the US as a test of resolutions.
“A nation stays out of harm’s way as long as it refuses to subjugate itself to the enemy’s will,” Salami said.
The Islamic Republic, however, has unraveled the enemy’s strategy of trying to impose its will on the Iranian nation, the commander stated. The Islamic Republic has also managed to shatter the illusion of grandeur that Washington had created of itself across the international public opinion.
The United States has engaged in significant regional military buildup, including by sending an aircraft carrier, a bomber taskforce, an assault ship, and around 1,500 additional forces to the Middle East.
President Donald Trump and other US officials have, however, recurrently disowned any intention to engage in warfare with Iran, claiming that the American equipment and troops are actually meant to prevent one.