Report: Iranian Generals Mock US ‘Military Option’ Against Nuclear Threat
A senior Iranian military leader said that frequent comments from U.S. officials about maintaining a military option against Iran’s nuclear program have become a laughing matter among the country’s military elite, semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Wednesday.
“We should thank Obama for refreshing us by referring to his ‘Options On The Table’, including the military one; we just relax and laugh at such ridiculous words,” said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Asoudi, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Deputy Representative to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
His comments were made in an address to Revolutionary Guard troops in the northern Iranian city of Shahroud.
According to Fars, Asoudi is not the first Iranian military leader to mock what it called “Washington officials’ war-rhetoric.”
In May, another top commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, dismissed talk of “all options” being on the table as ridiculous.
“Today, Islamic Iran’s pride and strength has made the world’s biggest materialistic and military powers kneel down before the Islamic Republic’s might,” Jafari said.
“The military option that the westerners speak of constantly is ridiculous and they know that if the military option could have produced any result, they would have already used it many times, and today they have shifted their focus to other types of threat and to the soft war front,” he claimed.