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Iran vows huge blow to any attacks
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Commander of Iran's Ground Forces Brigadier-General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan
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A top Iranian Army commander has lauded the Islamic Republic's huge ground defense achievements, saying Iran's Armed Forces will deliver "the most severe response" to any likely threat posed by enemies.

Iran is equipped with the most advanced military hardware while our Armed Forces are fully prepared to defend the country's border regions, said Iran's Commander of the Ground Forces Brigadier-General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan on Wednesday.

He added that Iran has succeeded in developing great capabilities and making significant progress in the fields of electronic war and cyber defense, Mehr news agency reported.

“The Iranian Army's Ground Forces are regularly detecting potential threats and have been preparing for (countering) them,” he stated.

The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.

Iran says its nuclear program is completely peaceful and within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory.

Pourdastan further said that the Iranian Army's Ground Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are monitoring moves by the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist group in northwestern Iran.

Currently, there is no problem in Iran's land, sea and air borders, the senior Iranian commander pointed out.

He emphasized that PJAK terrorist group doesn't rise to the level of being referred to as a threat and said Iran gives firm response to the cell's desperate moves.

On Monday, the IRGC refused to accept a ceasefire offer by PJAK terrorists, urging them to immediately leave Iran's border areas.

“We demand that PJAK terrorist group should first withdraw from Iran's border regions. The announcement of a ceasefire has no meaning at the present,” an IRGC spokesman Colonel Hamid Ahmadi said.

In a Saturday statement, PJAK -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- called for a ceasefire with Tehran upon the request of some “mediation parties” on the ground and what it claimed was its belief in “peaceful solutions.”

PJAK members regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Nearly 30 terrorists had been killed or injured in the recent IRGC operations.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country, along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region, to fight terrorist groups.

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