Iran warns: ‘No boundary to response’ if US strikes


Iranian Revolutionary Guards (photo credit: @MidEastNews_Eng via Twitter/File)

Senior defense officials in Tehran continue to deride American military option after Kerry says it remains on the table

Times of Israel

Iran ramped up its rhetoric against the United States over the weekend even as Western powers began easing sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying that the country would “recognize no boundary for its response” if America exercised its military option.

“The US military option is of no care to us,” said Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps deputy commander Hossein Salami in a televised interview Saturday night, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency. “They can use this option but should take the responsibility for its destructive consequences too.”

“The US can have different scenarios against Iran, including air, missile and limited ground incursion,” Salami added. “All these scenarios have been identified, all possibilities have been studied and we have complete intelligence superiority in all these cases and operational strategies.”

Salami was apparently responding to a January 23rd Al Arabiya interview, in which US Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Iran continues enrichment of uranium beyond permitted levels or breaks out toward a nuclear weapons capability, “then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do.”

Shortly after Salami’s interview, Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan adopted a similar tone during a ceremony marking the return from exile of Islamic Republic founder Ruhollah Khomeini, Fars reported.

“The world’s arrogant powers are today scared of Iran’s high defensive capabilities and for the same reason their style of sanctions and threats are changed everyday,” said Dehgan.

This is not the first time senior Iranian defense officials derided the US military threat. Last week, IRGC Navy Commander Ali Fadavi joined the criticism, saying, “The military option is a laughable subject. Even John Kerry’s children snicker at it.”

Despite the rhetoric coming from Tehran’s defense establishment, Iran and the P5+1 are scheduled to hold a new round of talks in Vienna on February 18 in a bid to discuss a comprehensive solution to Tehran’s contested nuclear program.

Iran signed the interim deal in November with the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — and began implementing the agreement on January 20.

Under the agreement, which is to last six months, Iran committed to limit its uranium enrichment to five percent, halting production of 20 percent-enriched uranium.

In return, the European Union and the United States have eased crippling economic sanctions on Iran.

  1. #1 by WheresOurBlessing on February 3, 2014 - 8:06 pm

  2. #2 by mlo on February 3, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    Obama needs to go to Teheran the way Nixon went to China. A partnership with Iran is a win-win for the US in more ways than one. Give them a real chance…

  3. #3 by Todd Raine on February 4, 2014 - 12:31 am

    ‘ Ali Fadavi joined the criticism, saying, ” The military option is a laughable subject. Even John Kerry’s children snicker at it.” You need to appreciate the Persian sarcasm. Two days after Bush said we were going into Iraq, my Persian friend came to my job to buy some things for his store. We were laughing and telling each other stories as people do. I then asked him, ” Now it’s Iraq. How long until we go into Iran?” Remember this like yesterday. Smile immediately left his face. He then said, ” Todd, if America goes into Iran, you say goodbye to your country.” mio, I think Nixons trip to China was orchestrated by the same Zio shills. Kissenger was the public conductor orchestrating the American instruments and players. This was only construction on a one-way expressway for our manufacturing jobs to travel on. Same as the exportation of Britain jobs to Germany and Japan pre WW2. A one way ticket to war. America friendly with Iran is not part of Zion’s plan for us. Which is Exactly why we Should be talking with Iran.

  4. #4 by michael mazur on February 4, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Honestly, i cannot understand the absolute recklessness of IRGC Deputy Commander Salami.

    Simply put, one does NOT mock or goad a super power !! Especially as the madder elements ‘in the counsels of govt’ can now gain the traction they could not possibly have earlier, and the balance over a hair’s breadth is tipped . .

    Something, to their credit – though not much else is, the USSR never ever sought to provoke the US.

    They knew, as Hiroshima and Nagaski were during their mature years, and that was just two bombs, crude ones at that, and of low yield, and sensed what one thousand improved versions dropped on Russia could do.

    Yes, you might say the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, but Khrushchev was responding to US nuclear missile encroachment, which already was the case with NATO as the vehicle in Western Europe, but then US missile batteries were placed in Turkey.

    Khrushchev had to do do something, as clearly the plan was to force capitulation onto the USSR without there being a missile exchange mid flight.

    Of course there was that erratic shoe banging incident on the podium at the UN by Khrushchev, but none of the other leaders were remotely like that. Very staid they all were, and nervous of US nuclear power.

    In regard to Commander Salami, the problem is that he was born two decades after 1945, and somehow thinks that nukes are just bigger bombs when they definitively are not that.

    Qualitatively something very very different; each, on average, several orders of magnitude more powerful than than the biggest mil grade bomb of ww2.

    Now that there are tens of thousands of these things, with a few thousand of these (as between Russia and America) ready to go at short notice, nukes are planet killers, for the reason that very few of them are actually aimed at cities – which are of no military consequence in the immediate sense, but are aimed at each other’s silos, to try and plaster them before they emerge from within.

    Use them or lose them means that there will be unprecedented masses of upheaved earth particulates, and smoke thrown high up into the stratosphere, blocking out the sun globally for months.

    I’ll stop there as to effects, but will say that Commander Salami knows that Russia will be reluctantly drawn in, and knows that global nuclear war will follow, and still does not understand that global nuclear war mean planetary death. That means Iran too.

    Do you read me, Commander Salami ?

  5. #5 by PJ London on March 12, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Dear Michael,
    Nuclear weapons are now battle field weapons and not necessarily only “Mutual Destruction” big bangs, so no, the nuclear option is not as threatening. They require “clean-up” (per Baghdad airport), or they can be relatively clean, (Tora Bora) or as with Enriched Uranium, you just let the enemy (and your own exposed troops) suffer as in Fallujah.
    The problem with the “Big Bang” nukes is that they contaminate the oil that you were there to steal in the first place. In addition per 3 mile island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the world has learned to live with radiation, so no, the major nukes do not scare the way they did in the 1950s.
    The world has also learned via Vietnam and Afghanistan, that men with AK47s and the strength to endure can bring even the mightiest army to it’s knees.
    To understand the world, you need to understand the cultures and especially the cultural and mythical heroes. America always sees itself (and it’s heroes) in terms of John Wayne. “Well little missy, as soon as I finish my Poker game I’ll just go and beat the heck out of whoever and then everything will be all right, I get the money the girl and the real estate. I can do this because I am the Sheriff.”
    The east (mid-east) heroes are the quiet student or servant who by persistence and honesty (sometimes trickery) recover the masters goods and then revert to their quiet lives. No histrionics, no boasting and no bluffing. They play Go or chess, and use their brains rather than their muscles. Nonetheless, they are masters at Martial arts, and incredibly strong, fit.
    Americans trade insults ( at baseball for example) that would give rise to war in the east. Here manners and the appearance of respect, is critical. If you insult an Arab or Iranian, they will carry that hurt for ever and will never forgive. This basic lack og “Good manners” has caused America to be despised throughout the east and yet they continue to act as though the world was the South Bronx.
    If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Iran in a conflict, USA can put it’s puppets into Libya and Iraq, and bring them to the “stone-age” but Persia is another matter.
    Ask yourself a simple question, “In a street fight would I rather have Ahmedinejad and Putin to cover my back or Cameron, Barracco Barner and John Terry?”

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