US war rhetoric, psywar: Vahidi
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has dismissed the US-led attempts to set grounds for a military assault on the country, saying that the American war rhetoric is merely psychological warfare.
The talk of launching an attack on Iran is a sort of US-led psychological warfare aimed at turning the public opinion away from internal woes within America, Vahidi told reporters in the city of Mashhad on Monday.
The next year's presidential election in the United States, the economic crisis and the withdrawal of the defeated US forces from Iraq are among the primary reasons behind repeated American war threats against Iran, he added.
The Iranian minister also pointed out that Washington lacks the capability to attack Iran, noting that the “US is unable to maintain a successful presence anywhere in the world.”
Vahidi, however, expressed Iran's steady readiness to counter any military aggression against the country and defend the national interests of the Islamic Republic.
He noted that Iran would unveil various missiles and electronic and software projects during the country's national research week that begins Tuesday.
Senior American officials and the Israeli regime have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike against the Islamic Republic.
Despite the rhetorical and widely publicized claims by the US, Israel and some of their European allies that Iran's nuclear program may include a military diversion, Iran insists on the civilian nature of its nuclear program, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.