US General’s Remarks Dismissed as Sabre-Rattling

US General’s Remarks Dismissed as Sabre-Rattling

Parliamentarians dismissed the recent remarks by the top US general suggesting the possibility of a military action to delay Iran’s nuclear program.      
The deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mansour Haqiqatpour, said, “Such policies and approaches by US officials are long outdated,” adding that Iran will not be affected by such remarks and has the required capabilities to deal with any such threats.
Rather than making threats against the Iranian nation, they should adopt a reasonable approach because “issuing threats against our nation has no place while sitting at the negotiating table,” ICANA quoted Haqiqatpour as saying on Monday.
He also said the US does not have the capability to launch a military attack against Iran and that “the Americans’ Sabre-rattling” over their readiness for military action against Iran is a “political ploy” aimed at deterring Iran from developing its peaceful nuclear program.  
In an interview with Fox News on January 11, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said, “If the diplomacy fails and they (Iran) move ahead to acquire a nuclear weapons program, we’ve been pretty clear that that will be an unacceptable risk to both our own country, but, also to the region. And we have military capabilities in place and we continue to keep them in readiness to, if asked, to eliminate -- delay is actually the right phrase -- Iran’s nuclear program.”
Iran denies its nuclear program may have any military objectives, saying the work is solely for peaceful applications, such as electricity generation.
Another member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Tuesday, “American officials and the Zionist regime have always issued threats against Iran’s nuclear program before the start of each round of nuclear negotiations.”  
Mohammad Hassan Asafari went on to say that the remarks by General Dempsey are aimed at “pressuring Iran and scoring points at the negotiating table.”  
“If the Americans had had the capability to attack Iran, they would have launched such an attack a long time ago because they have problems with the basis of the Islamic Republic system,” he noted.”  


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