Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi expressed his confidence in the country’s military capabilities in response to the US as tensions reach breaking point. Mr Boroujerdi, who had previously served as Iran’s deputy foreign minister responded to National Security Advisor John Bolton’s statement yesterday. Mr Bolton claimed the US had sent the naval force to the region in order to send a clear message to the state.
Boroujerdi told the Tehran Times: “Today, the US is aware of our military capabilities.
“We gained victory during the eight years of war between Iran and Iraq between 1980-88 despite all the Western countries’ support for Iraq.
“We have achieved many advances.
“If the U.S. aircraft carrier makes a mistake, it will definitely be drowned by our precision-guided missiles.”
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In a bold threat to the US, Mr Boroujerdi also stated a war with Iran is like “playing with fire, and it will burn all, and not just Iran”.
In a strongly worded statement yesterday, Mr Bolton warned the state any threat will be met with “unrelenting force”.
Relations between the two countries continue to be tense as Mr Bolton insisted the latest move was “in response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications”.
In a statement, the advisor said: “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces.
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“The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
Donald Trump has taken a hardline stance with Iran after he pulled the US from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an accord designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.
Trump has also put forward a series of financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Moreover, he has also continued to strengthen US ties with Israel and Saudi Arabia – both regional rivals of the Islamic Republic.