The commander Of Iran’s regular army has asked his forces to be ready as though an attack on the country is imminent.
IRNA, the official government news agency quoted General Abdolrahim Mousavi on May 2 as saying, “All forces should prepare themselves as though an attack can occur tomorrow and continuously engage in war exercises”.
Iranian officials have been increasingly raising the issue of a possible military attack on Iran, as part of a plan by the U.S. and Israel to change the ruling regime in the country.
Mousavi is also quoted saying that “today’s threats are serious” and adding, “Of course these threats will not begin on land, but land forces must be ready”.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned on May 1 of “the enemy’s war posture” and said that the enemy “only in appearance does not have a combat posture”.
Meanwhile the former head of Iran’s state broadcasting, Mohammad Sarafraz who appears to have high-level backing in his public statements, said in an interview published May 1 that war is probable after the month of Ramadan [May5-June 4] and added “The country’s leaders have understood this and are pursuing solutions”.
Iran’s former hardliner president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently had told Anadolu news agency that the U.S. “is preparing for war in Asia”.
Trump administration officials have repeatedly said in recent weeks that they are not pursuing the military option and are not after “regime change” in Iran.