Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s second-in-command, speaks in an address to demonstrators outside the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2016. (Photo by Tasnim)
A senior Iranian commander says that the US is no longer the “number one power” in the world and, consequently, is unable to wage a direct war against any country.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s second-in-command, made the remarks on Thursday in an address to demonstrators, who had gathered outside the former American embassy in Tehran to mark the 37th anniversary of the takeover of the mission by Iranian students.
“The US is now grappling with major crises and is no longer considered as the world’s number one power and the political will of the US cannot rule in West Asia,” Salami said.
The Americans “can no longer launch a direct invasion against any country, which means that the US war machine is operating without fuel,” added the senior Iranian military official.
Iran ‘showing patience’
Elsewhere in his remarks, the IRGC commander highlighted the US failure in honoring its obligations under last year’s nuclear deal, warning that the Iranian nation has so far remained patient against Washington’s lack of commitments to its promises.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s second-in-command, speaks in an address to demonstrators outside the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2016. (Photo by IRNA)
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries signed the nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on July 2015. The deal went into effect in January, and resolved a long-running dispute over the Iranian nuclear program.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear program in return for sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, the US and the European Union to be lifted.
However, the Islamic Republic complains that it still does not have access to global financial markets. Many international banks still shy away from financing trade deals and processing transactions for fear of US penalties.
“The Iranian nation has always been committed to its obligations, but these are not one-sided commitments,” said Salami, warning that the Iranian nation’s “patience is not limitless.”
“If the US fails to fully abide by its obligations regarding he JCPOA implementation, deactivated centrifuges will resume working, and we will not stop at the pre-JCPOA level,” said the general.
He further said the Iranian nation “is determined to pursue its enemies no matter where to realize its legitimate rights.”
Iranians in the northeastern city of Mashhad mark the 1979 takeover of American embassy in Tehran on November 3, 2016. (Photo by Tasnim)
Salami also said boasting about recourse to a military option against Iran is a mere fantasy, adding that that even the US itself does not believe in such an option.
He underlined Iran’s military might in sea, ground, air and underground, stressing that Tehran is capable of destroying the enemy’s positions.
Since the end of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the US has been trying to influence the minds of Iranian youths through a “cultural invasion,” but the youths countered such plots under the Leader’s guidance, Salami concluded.