Iran vows to crush any provocation at borders
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 2, IRNA
Deputy Commander of Iran's Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff for Cultural and Defense Affairs Brigadier General Alireza Afshar said here Monday that all provocations at Iran's borders will be dealt with heavily.
The Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff quoted Afshari as saying there had been some incidents in certain areas at the borders and some innocent Iranians had been unfairly targeted and killed.
"We cannot be indifferent to these incidents," he added.
The bandits, who have help from certain people, will not be allowed to transgress Iran's borders and carry out terrorist activities inside the country, the deputy commander added.
He further said the armed forces remains vigilant and prepared to monitor activities of criminal elements and will act decisively in cases of provocation.
Last week, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi reaffirmed the country's commitment to the international campaign against terrorism.
Asefi was speaking in reaction to news of certain terrorist groups actively operating near Iran's border with Iraq.
"Certain terrorist groups intend to cause insecurity on the borders of the two countries by taking advantage of the ineffective control over the area and possible support from foreign forces deployed in Iraq to undertake operations," he said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has adopted measures to fight such moves in line with efforts to defend national security and within the framework of bilateral accords already reached with Iraq," Asefi added.
"Iran will not allow any cross-border operation of any terrorist group against Iranian or Iraqi interests consistent with their commitment to the international campaign against terrorism," Asefi said.
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