Rouhani warns US: Iran Will Not Surrender to U.S. Pressure Even If the Country is Bombed

TEHRAN (BGM) – Iran will not surrender to pressure from the United States even if the country is bombed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned, amid weeks of heated rhetoric and hostility between Washington and Tehran, learned, quoting MEY.

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Rouhani’s comments on Thursday came as the Pentagon confirmed it was considering whether to send additional American troops to the Middle East to respond to the tensions.

“We need resistance,” said Rouhani, as quoted by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency and then reported by Reuters.

“So our enemies know that if they bomb our land, and if our children are martyred, wounded or taken as prisoners, we will not give up on our goals for the independence of our country and our pride.”

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For his part, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday that Washington was looking at options “to enhance force protection in the Middle East”, adding that one option “may involve sending additional troops”.

Earlier reports suggested that the US Department of Defense was planning to send 5,000 additional troops to the region. But Shanahan shot down the idea that a specific number of US forces was being considered.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

The US military has accelerated the deployment of a carrier strike group to the Middle East and sent bombers and Patriot missiles to the region earlier this month.

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Meanwhile, also on Thursday, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, warned that Iran will have a “hard, crushing and obliterating response” for any enemy “adventurism”.

Iran has also said it intends to pull out of parts of the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from last year. It also recently urged European countries to protect it against US sanctions.

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Source: MEY