'IRGC set to firmly counter threats'
A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is fully prepared to strongly defend the country against any attack, Press TV reported.
"The IRGC is more prepared now than ever before to counter any potential aggression," IRNA quoted IRGC commander Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying on Tuesday.
He pointed to great achievements of the IRGC, Basij and Armed Forces in different fields of science and technology and said they have achieved considerable advances in the most sensitive and significant military and tactical research projects.
Iran is the safest country in the world, the commander said, adding, "The Islamic Republic has been threatened by pressure, plots and propaganda throughout its history, particularly in recent years."
He, however, emphasized that all threats were thwarted thanks to the guidelines of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Jafari said enemies hatched plots and exerted pressure on Iran over the past three decades following the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
"Resistance of the Iranian nation against plots and pressures of the global arrogance was the best and most important message of the Islamic Revolution in Iran which has affected Muslim and free nations throughout the world," he went on to say.
In recent months, Iran has held several major military and air defense drills amid persisting threats declared by the US and its allies against the country's peaceful nuclear program.
In an attempt to enhance response capabilities in countering threats against Iran's populated, vital, strategic and nuclear landmarks, defense units from the Army and the IRGC staged their biggest nationwide air defense drills last week.
The three-stage five-day defense maneuvers dubbed "Modafean Aseman Velayat 3," (Defenders of Velayat Skies) were held near Iran's "nuclear and vital landmarks" and included tests and assessment of newly-developed long-range anti-air missiles.
Iranian officials have warned that any act of aggression by the United States or Israel against any targets in the Islamic Republic would induce a firm and immediate response that would not be limited to targets in the Middle East region.