[American] military bases will not be safe from our missiles.
OE Watch Commentary: While ongoing diplomacy with regard to Iran focuses on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the Iranian military has simultaneously invested heavily in its ballistic missile program. Statements by Mojtaba Zolnouri, a clerical advisor to the Supreme Leader’s representative to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), to an Iranian Defense Ministry website suggest that a powerful constituency within the Islamic Republic’s hierarchy remains dubious about détente with the United States. The undiplomatic reference to the United States as the enemy also reflects the focus of the IRGC, current diplomacy notwithstanding. That the comments came from Zolnouri is especially important, as he has a foot in both the IRGC and the Office of the Supreme Leader, arguably the two most powerful bodies within Iran today. His statement that Iran will not compromise revolutionary and ideological principles reflects defensiveness in hardline Iranian circles, heightened by current negotiations between Iran and the United States.
While Iranian officials are prone to bombast, the threat to launch missiles at U.S. forces present in Bahrain or based in Diego Garcia also suggests that the sphere of influence and action which Iranian leaders envision has increased from the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman to deep into the Indian Ocean basin. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Anhidam-e Paygahha-ye Nizami Amrika dar Surat Aqdam Ghayr ‘Aqlani ‘Alia Iran,” (“Should America Act Irrationally against Iran, [We Will See the] Destruction of America’s Military Bases”), Defahpress.ir, 6 June 2014. http://defapress.ir/Fa/News/20573
Destruction of American Military Bases Should America Act Irrationally
Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnouri, an advisor to the Supreme Leader’s representative to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in a conversation with the Holy Defense News Agency, said that in a recent speech, [President Barack] Obama reaffirmed that ‘all options are on the table….” Zolnouri added, this is among the lies the Americans tell… We do not expect them to say otherwise. But we also keep all options open against enemies. Hojjat al-Islam Zolnouri stated, “This is a message for both world politicians and the public: All countries should be aware that we will not compromise our principles, values, and national interests in the face of our enemies. Should our enemies act irrationally, we will be prepared to deal with them.” While he noted that Iran’s defensive achievements does not threaten any country, he added, “Iranian missile capabilities have increased since the imposed war [the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1988], and when there is a threat, we will be ready to defend ourselves. He warned “In the case of an irrational measure from America, military bases will not be safe from our missiles, whether in Bahrain or in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.”