Iran wants peace but not ‘afraid’ of war – Revolutionary Guards chief

Iran does not need war with the United States, the pinnacle of the elite Revolutionary Guards has claimed, including that Washington lacks the “will” to combat Tehran.

“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami stated, in line with the Fars information company.

Salami has made a quantity of public statements about rising tensions with the United States, following Washington’s declaration {that a} joint strike group was being deployed to the Persian Gulf to ship Iran a “message.”

The Iranian common described the transfer as half of a “psychological war,” noting that Tehran has grown accustomed to a big US army presence within the area.

His feedback echo related remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who stated on Saturday that Iran does not need war. The Iranian diplomat additionally boasted that no nation on earth is below the “illusion” that it might “confront Iran” within the Middle East.

Rising tensions between the US and Iran have led to fears of a brewing battle. The New York Times reported that the Pentagon had proposed to ship as much as 120,000 troops to the Middle East within the occasion of an escalation with Iran. US President Donald Trump denied the report.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has additionally alluded to the likelihood of a regional battle, noting that the dominion wants peace but is ready to confront Tehran with “all strength and determination” if vital.