TEHRAN (Iran News) – President Ebrahim Raisi has warned that any act of aggression against the Islamic Republic will draw “a harsh response” from Iranian armed forces that will make aggressors regret their act.
Raisi made the remarks on Thursday as he addressed a group of Iranian Army officers during a visit to Noje Airbase, located 47 kilometers (29 miles) north of the western city of Hamadan.
“In the face of the Islamic Iran’s might, no one would even consider the idea of launching an attack on the country’s soil. Regional states are proud of Iran’s power and feel safe and secure because of such might,” the Iranian president said.
He lauded the country’s progress in the field of defense industry, stating that the enemy is monitoring the movements and preparedness of Iranian Armed Forces, but cannot take any hostile action due to the capabilities, effective mobilization and willpower of Iranian Armed Forces.
“The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces (Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei) and we in the administration have declared many times that we will make anyone who wants to attack the country deeply regretful,” Raisi said.
He also underscored the importance of the presence of Iranian Armed Forces in open and international waters, hailing the deployment as a measure aimed at establishment of security and promotion of military prowess.
Earlier this week, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) naval forces said the Islamic Republic will teach a painful lesson to enemies in case they launch any act of aggression against the country.
Brigadier General Alireza Tangsiri made the remarks in a Monday tour of four Iranian islands near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which include the Lesser and Greater Tunbs in addition to Abu Mousa and Siri islands.
“If the enemy takes any foolish measure to foment sedition or carry out an act of aggression against the Islamic establishment, we will respond in a way that would teach them and their allies a painful lesson and will nip that plot in the bud,” Tangsiri said.
Meanwhile Raisi said Iran takes its power and national security from its people, who always participate in the country’s affairs, although the Islamic Republic enjoys great military capabilities.
In a speech at a gathering of people during his trip to Hamedan Province, in western Iran, the president said the fact that the U.S. openly admits to the failure of its harsh economic sanctions on Iran means the participation of people generates power for the country.
“We take pride in our weapons power, but the most important element of national might and security is in fact the pious and participant people of Iran,” he said.
The Iranian nation, he said, always “embraces danger” and stands ready to defend the country, something that serves as a source of frustration for enemies and hope for supporters of the Islamic Revolution.
The enemies are resolved to detach the people from all the ideals that they have faith in, but the “sinister conspiracy” will once again face defeat, the president said.
“Upon the people’s demand, we have seriously placed resistance against domineering powers and the hegemonic system on our agenda, and we will never back down on our legitimate positions,” President Raisi said.
The enemies, he added, should know that the Iranians are still the same people that stood resistant in the face of the ex-Iraqi regime’s eight-year war on the Islamic Republic in the 1980s.