Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Iranian Chief-of-Staff Hassan Firouzabadi said Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's threat of a unilateral Israeli military strike on Iran
"lacks stability," and stems from desperation, Iran's Fars
new agency reported.
After Netanyahu warned Iran against advancing its nuclear program in his speech to the United Nations
General Assembly on Tuesday, the Iranian military chief told Fars that the
use of a military threat is a method which is "rusted, old and blunt," and
that Tehran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
"Such remarks stem out of desperation," he added.
also told Fars that Netanyahu's remarks had only served to "increase
the threat against the Zionists." Referring to Netanyahu as a
"warmonger," Firouzabadi said "Iran will be the winner in this case
for its revolutionary stance of heroic flexibility."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Netanyahu and "the
Zionist lobby" were trying to hinder negotiations.
"We will not let Netanyahu determine the future of our talks," Zarif wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers is to take place in Geneva on Oct. 15-16.
Reuters contributed to this report