Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer)
On Sunday Iran inaugurated an indigenously manufactured Jamaran 2 destroyer in
the Caspian Sea. This follows strong words by Brig.- Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, the
deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, who said on Saturday that its
commanders are authorized to respond immediately to enemy
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was present at the launch of the
advanced destroyer ship near the northern port city of Bandar, according to
He said that Iran’s forces in the area are “aimed at
strengthening friendship, establishing security for all, and confronting
extremism and those who intend to disturb the security of nations as well as the
Caspian Sea,” according to the Iranian report.
“Our commanders have
received authorization to immediately respond to any hostile action by the enemy
without allowing the enemy to think twice [about its act of aggression],”
Jazayeri said, according to a report on Iranian Press TV.
The report said
the remarks were in response to comments by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
that sanctions and negotiations are not enough to stop Iran, but must be backed
up with a credible threat of force.
“The era of threat, intimidation and
childish games of carrot and stick is over,” Jazayeri said according to the