- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A leading military chief in Iran said America’s threats against Tehran mean next to nothing — and that it’s the United States that better watch it.

“We are ready for the decisive battle against the U.S. and the Zionist regime,” said Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, according to Fars News, Iran’s government-run news agency. “If we are targeted from the U.S. bases in the region, we will hit those bases.”

The general also said that Iran’s been prepping for war against the United States and Israel for the past 10 years. The “enemies” and Western-tied troops that moved into the area “eventually came to the conclusion that they lack the ability [to wage war on Iran] and left the region,” he told Fars.

Mr. Firouzabadi said any Western threats of an attack on Iran are “just political bluffs” that are easily disregarded, Fars reported.

“If any war is launched against Iran, we won’t give any ground to the enemy and they themselves know this very well,” he said.

The bellicose threats come as the West, led by U.S. influence, forged a deal with Iran to freeze its nuclear activity for six months in exchange for relaxed international economic sanctions.

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