Iran is invulnerable to enemies' warmongering and will make them regret any act of aggression, says Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
General Safavi said Wednesday that Tehran never allowed aggressors to get away with their actions, as it did last month by shooting down an intruding American spy drone over the Persian Gulf.
"We downed an unnamed American aircraft in our territorial waters and America couldn't do anything about it," he told an event at Shahid Sattari University of Aeronautical Engineering.
"The Iranian nation is a nation of peace and wants both the region and the world to be secure," the general added. "However, if the enemy ever attacks us, our firm response will make them regret it."
"Iran is a regional power and it is invulnerable [to aggression]," he continued.
General Safavi, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), noted that "resistance" was the only key to victory in the face of the economic and political pressure that the US and its allies maintained on Iran.
'Crushing response awaits aggressors'
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made similar comments as he visited border guards in the northeastern city of Taybad.
"Any security threats against Iran and its borders will be met with a hard and crushing response from Iran's Armed Forces," he told the meeting, which was also attended by local Sunni and Shia clerics.
He noted that all Iranians, no matter Sunni or Shia, are working with the armed forces to "neutralize enemy plots against the country's lasting security.”
The remarks come as US President Donald Trump and his top aides, including National Security Adviser John Bolton and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, are running a so-called "maximum pressure" campaign that seeks to weaken Iran's economy through sanctions.
The campaign began in May last year, when Trump left the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and announced that he would keep the pressure until Iran agrees to negotiate a new deal that would curb its ballistic missile program and its growing influence in the region.
The Trump administration has also sent troops and military to the Persian Gulf region to confront what it calls "threats" from Iran.