Iran has long been suffering from conflict, both internally and with external forces. Up until now, everyone has been treading very lightly around Iran as fears of global warfare begin to grow. There hasn’t been much activity in the way of violence towards the US until now. An Iranian General has stated that Washington and its allies will pay dearly for any act of aggression against Tehran, vowing to retaliate with severe prejudice if the US dares to fire even one bullet at the Islamic Republic.
On Saturday, during an interview, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told Tasnim News Agency that firing even one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies in the Middle East. “The Islamic Republic has never and will never start any wars” Shekarchi added. He went on to say that if the US military or any other enemy of Iran commits even the smallest of mistakes, it will face the biggest revolutionary reaction from Iran in Central and West Asia. The spokesman ended the interview with a chilling statement saying that the enemy certainly wouldn’t survive any battles.
These warnings from the Iranian army could be seen as a retaliation to previous events. The general’s threat comes just days after Iran shot down a US military drone which Tehran claims had been flying in its airspace. Responding to this incident, US President Donald Trump launched an airstrike against the country. However, on Friday he wrote in a tweet that, with just minutes before execution, he aborted the attack against three sites in Iran. The sudden decision to halt the strike came after he had received intelligence that an estimated 150 Iranians would die as a result of the attacks.
It’s no secret that US President Donald Trump and his administration has quite a strict, hardline policy when it comes to Iran. However, he has struggled to gain any support for this ideology after unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 international nuclear accord and reimposing sanctions on Iran. Due to all these factors, there is ever increasing hostility between Washington and Tehran. In light of this, Britain’s minister of state for the Middle East, Andrew Murrison, is set to visit the Islamic Republic on Sunday for talks and to hopefully come to some sort of agreement.
In a statement, the UK Foreign Office said: “At this time of increased regional tensions and at a crucial period for the future of the nuclear deal, this visit is an opportunity for further open, frank and constructive engagement with the government of Iran.” Even with these attempts at civility by the UK and a number of other countries, it requires the support of all allies, which includes the US. Not standing at a united front signals disorganisation, weakness, and vulnerability. Despite Trump’s hard policies, Iran has never actively attacked any of the allied countries in a major war. The country itself is war torn and conflict is almost inevitable. Taking that out on the citizens is unnecessary and it’s better to come to an amicable resolution, for all parties involved.