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16:53 | 2009-04-12


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Commander: Iran Monitoring US Army Moves Closely

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian army is very closely monitoring all US military moves at its eastern and western borders, a senior Iranian commander said Sunday, reiterating preparedness of the Iranian Army to confront aggressors.

"The powerful presence of our high-spirited forces in the country's borders has foiled attacks on Iran by an enemy which has occupied two of our neighboring countries," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force General Kioumars Heidari said, adding that the mightiness of the Iranian armed forces has disturbed enemy's calculations.

Geopolitically speaking, Iran is located in a region which plays a key and special role for the three continents of Asia, Europe and Africa, while it is placed at the heart of the world of Islam, the commander said.

"Owing to the same reason, establishing security at all the borders of our country is of paramount importance and the Army's ground force, aware of the issue, is moving towards increasing security in these areas," he added.

The General further pointed out that Iran's deterrent power has had its effect on the enemy, and said that the Iranian forces' faith and zeal for Jihad (holy defense) have made the enemy refrain from invading Iran.

"After monitoring enemy moves, (Iranian) military commanders and officials sought a tactic of (proper and superior) confrontation for potential attacks by our transregional and main enemy," he said, adding, "and fortunately we have now achieved this important goal."

Meantime, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told reporters on Saturday that the country's Army has changed its doctrine both in theory and in equipment.

"We have changed our (military) theory with respect to the doctrine of transregional forces, and we are trying to prepare our forces accordingly," Pourdastan said.

He further reiterated that the change in Iran's military doctrine also applied to weapons and equipment used by the army, and added, "Today, layer-to-layer defense and defense on the surface are on our working agenda and we are producing the proper equipment and weapons (needed for this doctrine)."

Earlier on Friday, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi told FNA that Iran plans to manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region, adding that the army is also due to start mass production of new series of fighter jets in the current year.

"The Iranian nation will observe that we will manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region," Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi told FNA.

"Mass production of fighter jets, the samples of which were unveiled last year, and plans to manufacture vessels and submarines will be on our agenda in the new (Iranian) year (started 20 March)," Salehi said.

Earlier in February Iranian Deputy Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran will produce more modern military planes after its success in building 'Saeqeh' (Thunderbolt) and 'Azarakhsh' (Lightening) fighter jets.

Saeqeh, a joint product of the Iranian Air Force and the Defense Ministry, went on display as part of the Iranian air force's fleet during military parades on the Army Day last year.

Vahidi also announced that Iran has produced spy planes with the flying range of 1,000 km.