Iran says IS was never at its borders
Tehran, Iran, June 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran has once more reiterated that in case the Islamic State (IS) moves closer than 40 kilometers to its borders, the group will witness a harsh response from the Islamic Republic's military forces.
"We are intent to destroy the IS once it sets foot closer than 40 kilometers from our borders," asserted Commander of Iran's General Staff of Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi.
He also stated that the IS has never been at Iranian borders, Fars news agency reported June 2.
"The IS is no threat to us," he stated, but maintained that IS comprises a mode of thought which may attract some younger ones and lead to incidents such as what happened in Australia.
Threats against Iranian borders, Baghdad, or the holy shrines are three red lines with the Islamic Republic, said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and former naval commander on May 31.
Iranian Army Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on May 24 that last year the IS group intended to enter Iran, adding, they had forecasted caches of ammunition and troops in Iran's border provinces and were ready to launch terrorist operations, explosions and riots after entering Iran's territory.
Edited by CN