TEHRAN (FNA)- All Iranian officials will be ready to join the line of defense if the US takes military action against the country, Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Wednesday, responding to US President Barack Obama’s recent threats against Tehran.
“All those who have a responsibility in the government will wear the war uniform in case any threat is posed to the country, and any country that adopts a hostile move against Iran will certainly regret its action in the end,” Nobakht said in a press conference in Tehran today.
He rapped Obama for his threats against Iran after the recent nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, and said, “We just care for what has been agreed and endorsed by Iran and the G5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva and we don’t care for the remarks made by other parties.”
Nobakht warned of the consequences of any military mistake by the US and its allies against Iran, and said, “We will prove this in due time but today the Geneva agreement is in our hands.”
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri called the recent statements of Obama on Iran as “the joke of the year”, and warned Washington to be watchful of its words and actions when dealing with Iran or wait for “hell”.
President Obama told Bloomberg news network a few days ago that 95 percent of the sanctions will remain in place during the course of negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. “We’re going to enforce them, and we’ve been enforcing them during the course of these discussions.”
In response, General Jazzayeri said on Tuesday, “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, specially the children.”
He reiterated that all US forces in the region are within the reach of Iran’s military power and “if they err, the region will be turned into a hell for them”.
He pointed to Obama’s recent statements about the number of the US troops in the region, and said, “Obama’s statements about the number of the US troops in the region and the extent of their influence are completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”
The senior Iranian military commander asked the American people to cast doubt over the statements of their statesmen, saying “if they contemplate a little, they will come to realize how false many of their words are”.
Following Obama’s remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham cautioned that Washington is trying to negatively influence the Iran-world powers progressive talks.
“One part of the remarks made by the US president is in contradiction to the principles of the international law and against the spirit of diplomatic negotiations meant to prevent unconstructive slogans and resorting to threats,” Afkham said on Monday evening.
She explained that another part of President Obama’s remarks results from delusions about Iran’s intentions regarding its presence in diplomatic talks.
On November 24, Iran and the world powers sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.
Then after several rounds of experts talks on how to enforce the agreement, Iran and the six major world powers finalized an agreement on ways to implement the deal.
Eventually on January 20, a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has halted its 20-percent enrichment activity under the Geneva deal. Hours later the US and the EU removed part of their sanctions against Tehran.
Iran and the Group 5+1 then held a meeting in Vienna in February to work on a comprehensive deal and they agreed to hold a new round of talks in the same city on March 17-20.
Following the meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the six world powers, voiced pleasure in their rapid agreement on the agenda and dates of their future meetings, and stressed that they had made good progress in this regard.
Zarif said that there would be six rounds of monthly talks between the seven countries by late June to pave the way for a comprehensive deal in July.
On Sunday, Zarif called on the G5+1 to remain committed to the Geneva agreement inked by the two sides in November, and said there is a good chance for striking a comprehensive deal by the end of July.
“If the other side shows good will and political resolve and if they remain committed to the contents of the Joint Plan of Action in Geneva, there will be a possibility for reaching a comprehensive solution during the period between the first month (after the implementation of the Geneva deal) to the end of July 2014 and we can reach a solution,” Zarif said in a press conference with his visiting Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in Tehran.
He advised the world powers to build the Iranian nation’s confidence and respect their rights, and said, “If so, attaining a solution entailing the existence of a peaceful nuclear program in Iran, annulment of all sanctions and removing the regional concerns about the peaceful nature of the program will be fully possible from our point of view.”
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