Iranian top military officials warn against US measures in region

February 7, The Iran Project – Several high-ranking Iranian military officials in separate remarks have warned about fresh developments in the region, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan in particular, and  hailed the Islamic Republic’s defense achievements.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri as well as Border Guard Commander Brigadier General Qasem Rezaei stated that the US measures is fanning the flames of insecurity and tension in the region.

According to Bagheri, the new rise in terror attacks and explosions in Afghanistan is the result of US’ scheme for sending terrorists to the Middle Eastern country.

Bagheri stressed that the Americans create tension and conflict in Southwest Asia in a bid to justify their presence in the region; “with a stable and peaceful region, the US has to gather up its troops and leave the regional countries to take care of their own security,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rezaei said the presence of other countries’ warships in Persian Gulf has created division in the region, calling for rapid withdrawal of the foreign warships from the region.

Their presence in the region is illegitimate and causes insecurity and causes different damages, he said.

In a meantime, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami hailed Iran’s great defense achievements, noting that the country has managed to achieve self-reliance brought it security in a hotbed of crisis.

“Despite all problems and sanctions Iran has been facing, the country has become more resistant to such an extent that all of the needs of armed forces are supplied locally,” he stated.

Iran has in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, including naval systems.

Also, Iran’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday (Feb. 6) unveiled two homegrown maritime products, one used for propulsion of speedboats and the other for protection of metallic structures in military and civilian vessels.

The two products, designed and manufactured by the local experts of the naval industries.

One of the products is a propulsion system, consisting of a mobile shaft for transmission of power as high as 1,800 horsepower.

The other achievement unveiled in the event was a cathodic protection system, used to protect metal against corrosion in vessels.