Top Iran general: Gulf Arab states ‘stupid’ to rely on U.S. power

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The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Iran will keep building more powerful missiles, continue its drive for power in the region and the U.S. “would not be able to do a damned thing.”

“For years, we have been building power on the presumption of a widespread war with the U.S. and its allies and have developed all our capacities and capabilities for decisive victories over such enemies,” Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jafari said in a speech to a gathering of senior IRGC commanders in Teheran on March 5.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jafari. /Reuters
Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jafari. /Reuters

Jafari also said neighboring Arab states were engaging in “stupid behavior” in choosing to align with Israel and the United States against Iran, the official Tasnim news agency reported.

“Regimes like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and their peers are symbols of modern political underdevelopment, and the IRGC… has made preparations for response to their rudeness and stupid behavior, which stems from (their) reliance on the U.S. power,” he said.

Jafari said he doubted Arabs would defy their governments to “seek revenge” against them for their offensives against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, as well as “for their disgraceful support for Israel.”

Despite last year summer’s nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has repeatedly breached UN bans on testing ballistic missiles, some of which are nuclear-capable, threaten Israel and can reach as far as Europe.