Lawmaker Blasts Kerry’s Anti-Iran Remarks as ‘Irrelevant’
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker on Monday labeled the recent US secretary of state’s warmongering remarks against the country as “irrelevant,” arguing that John Kerry lacks knowledge about the Iranian nation and their history.
“John Kerry’s remarks were irrelevant and baseless, because he has no insight about the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Member of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Evaz Heidarpour told the Tasnim News Agency in Isfahan Monday.
He reiterated that the US officials do not know much about the Iranian nation and their glorious history, and advised the westerners, and particularly the Americans "to revise their tone".
“The mighty and powerful Iran is not only capable of defending itself competently, but also able to defend the other regional countries, and therefore the US officials’ (anti-Iranian) comments are due to their ignorance,” he said.
His remarks came in reaction to US Secretary of State’s insistence that the military option against Iran is still on the table.
Kerry said on Thursday that if Iran resumes uranium enrichment beyond the five-percent level, “then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do.”
Meanwhile, an adviser to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution dismissed US officials' remarks about possible military option against Iran as "a bluff", and stressed that the US is unable to wage war on Iran on Sunday.
Ali Akbar Velayati said it is not the first time the Americans make such remarks, adding, "These remarks and comments are more like a bluff."
“Obviously, the Americans have no such power (to launch an attack on Iran). If they did, they would not have been expelled from Iraq and Afghanistan in such a totally weakened state," Velayati added.
The adviser further said that western thinkers would not believe such "unfounded and empty bluffs", adding that such rhetoric will not affect the steadfast resolve of the Iranian nation.
In similar remarks on Saturday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) underlined that the United States will be stunned by the offensive power of the Islamic Republic if it resorts to military action against Iran.
"The US will never understand the Islamic Republic of Iran's offensive scope," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said.
Jafari said the US threats offer the best opportunity for the “revolutionary Islam” as “Islam’s leaders have long ago prepared us for a great and decisive confrontation".
The IRGC commander referred to the US administration’s massive debts and its inability to resolve the country’s economic problems, and said it seems unlikely that "wise men" in the US administration would allow the “ludicrous” military option to be employed.
Jafari further noted that political experts and security observers in the US consider the military option against Iran to be good "only on the table" but believe that using the option "would not be in the interest of the US national security."