A revolutionary Guards commander said Iran would use its missiles if its security is under threat, as the elite force defied new U.S. sanctions on its missile program by holding a military exercise on Saturday.
The latest exercise took place in Semnan Province on Saturday, covering 35,000 square kilometers, and the Revolutionary Guards website said the drills took place of “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions.”
The drills are aimed at testing homemade missile systems, radars, command and control centers, and cyber-warfare systems, Iranian state news agencies reported, as cited by Reuters.
If Iran’s security is threatened, Tehran will not hesitate to retaliate, the military added in separate remarks.
“We are working day and night to protect Iran’s security. If we see [the] smallest misstep from the enemies, our roaring missiles will fall on their heads,” the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace unit, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
Earlier the same day, the world witnessed a full-out Twitter war: US President Donald Trump tweeted that “Iran is playing with fire,” and that he would not be as kind as Obama.
In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif tweeted that Iran is “unmoved” by the warnings, and added: “We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.” In another tweet, Zarif said Iran “will never use weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.”