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No limit to where Iran can defend itself, Guards say

SpaceWar.com reports: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are not tied to ‘a specific geographical area’ in defending the ‘vital interests’ of the Islamic republic, its commander said Thursday, in an apparent retort to Washington.

Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami, quoted on the official Guards website, Sepahnews, spoke after The New York Times on Monday said that Donald Trump had recently asked top aides about the possibility of striking Iran’s nuclear facilities.

But senior US officials dissuaded Trump ‘from moving ahead with a military strike,’ warning that such an attack could escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of his presidency, the Times wrote.

Salami noted Iran’s position in the energy-rich Gulf, calling it a ‘strategic region for the world economy’ in which Iran has ‘a privileged and unique role in ensuring the safety of the maritime expanse’.

Salami was speaking at the inauguration of a new warship equipped with ‘missile systems’, a helipad and capabilities to launch drones from, as well as to transport speedboats, Sepahnews said.

‘We are not limited to a specific geographic area to defend our security and our vital interests,’ Salami said.

‘If some want to threaten the interests of this great nation and country, they will certainly not be safe anywhere on Earth,’ he added…”

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