Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States’ deployment of military assets to the Middle East does not intimate the Islamic Republic.
Iran can sink U.S. warships sent to the Gulf region using missiles and “secret weapons,” a senior Iranian military official was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency Mizan on Saturday.
“America … is sending two warships to the region. If they commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes using two missiles or two new secret weapons,” Gen. Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s military command, told Mizan.
The U.S. actions were the latest by the Trump administration as it highlights what it sees as a threat of potential attack by Iran, and follows decisions to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group as well as send bombers and additional Patriot missiles to the Middle East.
IRGC spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said the hype created by America over the deployments was an attempt to grab attention.
“With hype and propaganda, the Americans are attempting to stay relevant in [global] public opinion. [However,] sending some aircraft carrier from one geographical location to another and the talk of moving forces from one place to another are nothing to drive our nation back,” Brigadier General Sharif said.
The US said earlier this month that it was dispatching an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East region to counter an alleged threat from Iran. That announcement came shortly after the US administration designated the IRGC as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
Those measures worked to raise speculation that a military conflict was likely between Iran and America.
Iran said that, while it would not initiate any conflict, it was ready to defend itself against any potential military aggression. Also, in response to the US move against the IRGC, Iran designated the American Middle East force as a terrorist organization.
Most recently, however, the US administration has dialed down its rhetoric, with US President Donald Trump reportedly telling his aides to avoid a military clash with Iran.
Sharif said that, facing Iran’s strong will, American soldiers in the Persian Gulf were in a state of fear, “with hands that tremble and faces that have gone pale.”
The general, who was speaking on the 37th anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr during the eight-year Iraqi war on Iran (1980-88), said Iran succeeded in defeating an enemy in that war that both had a stronger motive and stronger command of the region.
“Now, who do you think you are frightening by sending forces from thousands of kilometers away?!”
‘Daesh was created to weaken the Palestinian cause’
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sharif pointed to what he described as the US’s objective in creating the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
He said America sought to shift public opinion away from the issue of Israel by creating Daesh but failed when the regional resistance defeated the terrorist group.