“Stopping the drills is something meaningless,” General Dehqan told FNA on Sunday.
He also stressed that no military wargames have been postponed in the current year and all the planned tests of home-made weapons have been carried out.
Elsewhere, General Dehqan declared that 6 new home-made products will be unveiled in the current (ending on March 20) and next Iranian year, including three satellites, advanced ‘Karrar’ tank, the new ‘Qadir’ drone and ‘Saba 248’ national helicopter.
In relevant remarks last May, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei blasted the US military presence in the Persian Gulf region and interference in Iran’s internal affairs, and said Tehran would powerfully continue its military drills in the region irrespective of Washington opposition.
“Today, the enemies utter words bigger than their mouths; for instance they deveop plans to bring to a halt Iran’s military wargames in the Persian Gulf, what a foolish remark,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large gathering of Iranian teachers and professors on the occasion of Teachers Day in Iran.
Warning that the Iranian nation has the needed capability to respond to the enemies’ excessive demands, he said, “The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home and the Persian Gulf and a large section of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation; therefore, we should be present in the region, hold wargames and display our power and it is the Americans who should say why they have come from that side of the world and stage drills in here. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there. What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home.”
“The excessive demands of the powers should be confronted this way,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.