A senior Iranian commander has downplayed the war games of the United States and some of its allies in the Persian Gulf, stressing that Iran has sea, ground and air plans to defend its borders.
Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan
“The Islamic Republic of Iran monitors all these maneuvers and will implement plans in proportion to them,” Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan told reporters.
He added that the “passive condition” of the US-led war games in the region was indicative of Iran's might.
The US-led anti-mine exercises began on September 16 and are scheduled to wrap up on September 27.
The US Navy has claimed that the maneuvers are purely defensive and not directed at any country.
On September 25, Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi pointed to the US-led mine-sweeping drill and said, “We keep a moment-by-moment watch on every move of the Americans.”
“Over the past years, we have not neglected to enhance our naval capabilities, particularly in the field of mines, and these capabilities are unimaginable to the Americans,” the Iranian commander added.
Tehran has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.
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