Iranian chief of staff says Israel's attack threat "mere deception"
Head of Iran's Joint Chief of Staff Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi said Israel's attack against Iran is merely a deception, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
"Talks about Israel's potential attack against Iran are merely a deception, since Israel is no more than a paper tiger," Firouzabadi was quoted as saying, Xinhua reported.
"Today the Islamic Republic's Army and the Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) are capable of manufacturing any weapon they intend to produce" to confront any threat, said Firouzabadi on the sidelines of a ceremony Monday to stress the unity between the Iran's Army and IRGC.
On Monday, IRGC wrapped up a two-day war game in which it test- fired its home-made multiple-range missiles ahead of a meeting with five permanent UN Security Council member nations and Germany next week over its controversial nuclear program.
IRGC Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Monday that the war game was aimed at improving the Islamic Republic's defense capabilities and Iran will give a fully decisive, crushing and destructive response to anyone who poses a threat to the existence, independence and freedom of the ruling system and values of the Islamic Republic.
Some Western powers and their Jewish ally are skeptical about Iran's weaponry program, especially those of missiles which could possibly use nuclear materials. But Tehran contends that its military and nuclear programs were of defensive and peaceful components.