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'Iran would never engage in arms race'
IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Asoudi
IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Asoudi
Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:37AM
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A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the force is fully prepared to defend the country but will never enter an “arms race” as claimed by the enemy.

The IRGC has formulated necessary strategies to vigorously defend the Islamic Revolution and the nation but will never engage in an arms race, IRNA quoted Mohammad Ali Asoudi as saying on Sunday.

He added that the IRGC constantly monitors enemy activities and has a full command over strategies and technologies used in their soft warfare against Iran.

“All these measures aim to enable the IRGC to counter the enemies' plots in a timely and effective manner,” Asoudi said.

The commander pointed to the recent Great Prophet 6 military drills and said Iran's armed forces and the IRGC displayed only “part of their capabilities and strength” in the maneuver.

“With such preparedness among the armed forces, including the IRGC, the enemy can take no action against the Islamic Republic,” he added.

The commander emphasized that the IRGC has also taken major strides towards countering possible threats posed by the enemies to wage a soft war against Iran.

During the Great Prophet 6military maneuvers in June, Iran unveiled underground missile silos, test fired Fateh (Conqueror)-110 missiles and launched 14 surface-to-surface missiles, including Zelzal (Temblor) and a range of Shahab missiles.

Iran says it holds various military drills to test its defensive capabilities, reiterating that the Islamic Republic poses no threat to other countries.

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