Iran's Borders Secure: IRGC Commander
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour gave an assurance on Sunday that security prevails along Iran's borders and that the country's armed forces are prepared to counter any threat, a lawmaker said.
The IRGC commander attended a special meeting of the parliament's national security and foreign policy commission on Sunday to provide the lawmakers with information on the border security status and other security and defense issues.
Speaking to Tasnim, Mohammad Hassan Asafari, a member of the parliamentary commission, quoted the general as saying in the meeting that the borders are safe and the IRGC has no problem ensuring border security, and that the armed forces are prepared to counter any possible threat.
A number of other security officials were also present in the meeting, including the intelligence minister's deputy for security affairs, security officials from the Interior Ministry and Border Police authorities.
The attendees stressed the need for measures to monitor and thwart the plots hatched against Iran by the spy agencies of the US, Israel and their regional allies.
They also referred to the high level of preparedness among the Iranian military, security and intelligence forces, and made it clear that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group could not pose any threat to the country.
Back on Thursday, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan stressed that any hostile move by the ISIL terrorist group against Iran will be nipped in the bud.
The terrorist group lacks the capability and capacity to pose a threat to the Iranian borders, and "we do not deem it a threat," Dehqan said.
"Definitely, the power of Iran's security, military and law enforcement forces stands at a level that they can foil any move by that group (ISIL) before it even makes a move," he added.
The ISIL militant group is believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.
It claims as an independent state the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant, including Lebanon, occupied Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, and Southern Turkey.