Iran ready to give firm response to any act of adventurism: Defense minister
Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the country's Armed Forces are ready to give a strong response to any act of adventurism.
In a telephone conversation with Hulusi Akar, the Turkish National Defense Minister, Hatami added that the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was a “cowardly” move by the United States and a real example of state-sponsored terrorism.
"The Americans once again showed their criminal face to the world and proved their terrorist nature to all," the Iranian defense chief said.
He pointed to US President Donald Trump's "miscalculation, strategic mistake and savage act" in assassinating the IRGC commander and said martyrdom of Soleimani and his companions would not definitely put an end to resistance but would further strengthen it.
Hatami further said that Iran retaliated the US attack by its domestically-manufactured missiles and added that the Americans have realized that if they carry out an act of stupidity once again, they will receive a more severe response.
"We expect all independent countries in the world including regional governments to strongly condemn this terrorist move by the Americans," the Iranian defense minister pointed out.
The Turkish defense minister, for his part, offered his condolences to the Iranian government and nation over the assassination of general Soleimani.
The creation of tension and instability in the region would not be beneficial to any country, Akar said, adding that Ankara has always called for the establishment of sustainable security.
He also stressed the importance of boosting bilateral cooperation on regional and international developments.
In a phone call with the Turkish defense minister on Thursday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said the Islamic Republic is not interested in the escalation of tensions in the region, but is ready to give a crushing response to any act of aggression.
“Iran is not interested in further escalation of tensions, but will give a crushing response to any irrational action and act of aggression, and we hope that withdrawal of the US from the region would put an end to all [the existing] chaos and conflicts,” Major General Baqeri said.