The highest-ranking Iranian general says US President Donald Trump has been pressuring his country’s military commanders to take action against Tehran, stressing the need for Iranian Armed Forces to boost their preparedness.
“Today, our system is at risk of harshest sanctions and threats, and the enemies’ behaviour is unpredictable,” Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Sunday.
“Although the incumbent US administration does not make military threats, there is credible information that in the past year and a half, it has been trying to push the US military to invade [Iran].”
The top general said although the US is currently focused on carrying out its economic threats against Iran, Tehran would do well to get ready to come to grips with other types of threats as well.
“The focus of enemies’ threats is on economic sanctions, but various threats could emerge and armed forces should be ready to defend the nation and the system,” Tasnim quoted him as saying.
The Trump administration pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal early May and has vowed to impose harsh sanctions that it claims could eventually destroy the Iranian economy.
The US has provided a list of 12 demands that says Tehran needs to accept if it seeks relief from Washington’s threats.