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Israel’s empty threats against Iran out of fear: Army chief

Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Chief Commander of Iran's Army

The chief commander of Iran’s Army says Israel’s “empty threats” against the Islamic Republic hail from Tel Aviv’s “fear”, warning that any Israeli move to operationalize those threats would be met with a “proportionate response.”

Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi made the remarks during an opening ceremony of an exhibition on the capabilities and achievements of the Iranian Navy.

“The Zionists’ driveling hails from fear and horror, as leaders of this ominous regime know that if they wished to get such drivel a bit closer to action, they would receive a proportionate response that would put a sooner end to their existence,” Mousavi said.

Israel has recently intensified its attempts to derail the Vienna talks on the removal of US sanctions against Iran by continually bringing up Iran’s missile and drone capabilities, by claiming that Iran acts maliciously in the region, and last but not least, by resorting to the old allegation that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

The Tel Aviv regime has also threatened to wage war against Iran while championing the so-called option of using force against Iran as “diplomacy by other means.”

Meanwhile, Iran’s lead negotiator at the Vienna talks censured Israel on Sunday for trying to sabotage the “atmosphere outside the negotiations hall in an attempt to influence the outcome,” Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network reported.

Late last month, Iran’s security chief brushed aside reports about Israel’s budget for a potential attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, saying the regime must consider the colossal cost of repair after Tehran’s “shocking” response.

Elsewhere in his remarks, General Mousavi attributed the progressive development of the Navy to “the spirit of moving forward and dissatisfaction with the current situation in the Navy.”

The Navy chief said that the progress made by all the Iranian armed forces, including the naval troops, has left “the army of the Global Arrogance (hegemonic powers) face ambiguity,” quoting one of their leaders as saying recently that “our actions have no benefit and we can’t stop the progress of Iran.”

He further said the anti-Iran sanctions “have lost their efficiency a long time ago,” stating that the progress achieved by the armed forces is attributed to “domestic capabilities.”

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in indigenously developing and manufacturing a broad range of defense equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing that such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.

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