IRGC Commander Hossein Salami contended that “we will never stop increasing the defence capabilities and we will not retreat because it is among our redlines and therefore, the issue of defence capabilities is not negotiable, modifiable, stoppable and controllable”. He maintained that “the talent and capacity of the Iranian Armed Forces and the IRGC are so high that they will confront any enemy, no matter how big, and therefore, the nation should rest assured and live in tranquility because we are capable of defeating any enemy”. “Given the successful mounting of ballistic missiles on [IRGC] speedboats”, he added, “the enemy’s aircraft carriers will no longer be safe in any spot”. Salami additionally noted that “we currently possess precision-guided missiles” and vowed that negotiations over Iran’s missiles “will never happen”.
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