On Tuesday, Iranian news agency FARS reported the comments of Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi, who stated that the United States and Israel had no capacity to defeat Iran militarily. “Had the enemy been able to confront us militarily, it would have already taken action,” Salehi stated. He said that the talks proved that the West was unwilling to confront Iran: “Given their weakness in the military dimension, they have opted for the political arena and we will certainly succeed in this area too.”
FARS quoted remarks from Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani from December, in which he stated that “The Americans and Obama are lying when they assert that all options are on the table against Iran.” At that time, Soleimani, called talk of American sanctions’ effectiveness “nothing more than a lie,” adding, “it is the US which has collapsed in political, economic and military arenas which are considered as the main elements of power.”
Soleimani pointed to America’s supposed failures in Iraq and Afghanistan as evidence of that collapse. “The US has also failed in the military aspect in any country against which it has waged a war, including Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.