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Iranian Armed Forces afraid of no enemy: Defense Minister

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 30 April 2018 / 11:19

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic is determined to boost its deterrent power, stressing that the Iranian nation, particularly the Armed Forces, are not fearful of any enemy.

The Iranian nation is standing bravely and strongly against enemies who have so far failed to achieve any of their demands, General Hatami said on Sunday.

He added that the Iranian Armed Forces have strategic defense capabilities, saying the country has managed to improve its deterrent power by relying on its young and faithful experts and will defend its national security wherever a threat is posed to it.

The Iranian defense minister emphasized that the country's Armed Forces enjoyed the capability to defend the security of regional countries, Press TV reports.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Hatami stressed that the security of regional countries was interwoven, noting that all countries in the region must work to maintain regional stability and peace.

"Today, we are honored to call for the maintenance of regional stability and security," the Iranian defense minister said.

Meanwhile, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, also said on Sunday that the U.S. will become aware of Iran's actual capabilities when it is too late.

"The Guards' Navy is ready to counter any threats by the enemies," Fadavi added.

"Definitely, today's situation of the Guards' Navy is not comparable to the past at all," he added.

"We have showcased a small amount of (our) capabilities in war games based on our needs and the major part of them has not been shown yet," the general remarked.

According to Tehran Times, Fadavi said that the U.S. is not fully aware of Iran's naval power.

"The Americans have little information about Iran's naval power and they understand our real power when either their vessels are sunken or entangled in a terrible situation," he said at the time.

Rear Admiral Fadavi also attached great importance to the IRGC Navy's powerful presence in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

"We should also" be present "in the free waters in future," he added.

Fadavi told a joint forum of the Army and IRGC navies in Bandar Abbas in March that the U.S. has given up the military option against Iran due to the Islamic Republic efficacious deterrence.

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