1253 GMT February 19, 2020
Addressing a military ceremony in Iran’s northwestern city of Tabriz on Sunday, Major General Mousavi stressed the need for growing combat preparedness in order to boost the country’s offense power after an initial defense in case of foreign attacks, according to Tasnim News Agency.
“We have not been and will not be the first side to start a war, however, we do not rely only upon defense (if Iran comes under attack),” the commander said.
“Initially, we would start with defense at the launch of an attack from the enemy, but our offense power and our capability to deal blows after the start of the attack by the aggressors would be devastating and make them regret (their move),” he underscored.
The general also noted that Iran’s military power has grown remarkably in comparison to the years of Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s, stressing that the Iranian Army will vigorously protect the nation and its causes.
Iranian military and political officials have repeatedly warned the enemies against the dire consequences of a military action against the Islamic Republic.
In comments in April 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the US is aware of the crushing response it will have to face in case of taking military action against Iran.
The era of hit and run is now over, and the US knows that if it gets entangled in military action against Iran, it will receive much harsher blows, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.
The US is seeking a way to evade the costs of standing against Iran and place them on regional countries, the Leader said, reminding certain regional countries that if they confront Iran, “they will definitely suffer blows and defeat.”