Salami says Iran is the “slaughterhouse of the U.S. economic terrorism”

Trump’s dream is to talk to an Iranian official for minutes: IRGC chief

September 6, 2019 - 19:21

TEHRAN – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Hossein Salami has lauded the Islamic Republic’s success in foiling the enemy’s plots over the past 40 years, saying Iran has become the “slaughterhouse of the enemy’s economic terrorism.”

In an address to a gathering of IRGC personnel in Iran’s southern port city of Bushehr on Friday, Major General Salami also warned against the U.S. plot for direct talks with Iran, stressing that the Islamic Republic won’t fall into such trap.

He said the U.S. government seeks to regain its lost honor through talks with the Iranian officials, Tasnim reported.

Highlighting Iran’s awareness of the “enemy’s dreams”, the general emphasized that none of the Iranians would enter talks with the U.S., because everybody knows that negotiation is part of a game that helps the enemy achieve its objectives.

“The U.S. president’s dream is to hold talks with an Iranian official for a couple of minutes,” the general added.

In remarks on Thursday, Salami also said the enemies are aware of only a small part of Iran’s defense power.

“Our enemies are aware of only a small part of the reality of our defensive power, but nevertheless they know that the military and security power of the Islamic Republic of Iran is impenetrable and invincible,” Mehr quoted General Salami as saying.

He said while the enemies have seen Iran’s military equipment and the determination of Iranian forces to defend the values of the Islamic Revolution, Iran’s true power will only be realized in the battlefield.

“The deterrence power of the Islamic Iran is built on the foundation of overcoming major enemies,” the top general said, adding, “With Allah’s grace, we will be more prepared than ever to defend the territorial borders, independence and the territorial integrity of our country through enhancing this [deterrence] power.”

Tensions started to build up between the U.S. and Iran after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018, and imposed sanctions against Tehran in a bid to put maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic. Tehran has slammed the sanctions, which have affected the lives of thousands of Iranians, as “economic terrorism”.

On June 20, amid escalating tensions between the two sides, the IRGC Aerospace downed an American RQ-4 Global Hawk drone over the Strait of Hormuz after it violated Iranian airspace. 

Despite the U.S. claims that the drone had been flying over international waters, Iran said it had retrieved sections of the drone in its own territorial waters where it was shot down.

The drone was shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.

In comments made a few hours after the incident, General Salami said the incident had a straightforward message that any foreign intrusion into Iranian territories would draw a crushing response.


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