Army commander says Iran will not tolerate changes to its northern borders
The commander of the Iranian army’s ground forces said that the Islamic Republic would not tolerate any changes in official borders near Iranian territory.
Remarks by Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari in an interview with the official IRNA news agency, came as a major Iranian military exercise began on Friday along Iran’s borders with the Republic of Azerbaijan and videos and photos posted on social media show a massive deployment of Iranian military forces and equipment. to the region.
Heidari said, âThere are unwanted elements in our region who wish to destabilize the region and undermine its security. He added: âWe are more sensitive to developments at our borders since the arrival of Israeli elements in our region. We monitor their activity.
Last year, when the Nagorno-Karabakh war fought between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Iranian officials and military commanders said there were Israeli elements in the area and that Azerbaijan and Turkey had positioned Syrian jihadist militias in an area close to the Iranian borders.
The Iranian commander reiterated: “We are still not convinced that the terrorists who came from Syria to the region have left this region”, while also insisting that “Iran is sensitive to changes in official borders in the region. its neighborhood and cannot accept them. “
Photo released by the Iranian military showing military exercises.
In a clear reference to Armenia, which was defeated in the 2020 war, Heidari said: âA possible weakness of one country to protect its borders does not give any reason for other countries to change borders. The Islamic Republic will not allow it. There have been recent signs of Azerbaijan flexing its muscles in the narrow strip of the southern province of Armenia that connects Iran with Armenia, Georgia and beyond to the north.
General Heidari further stated that the Iranian military exercise “aims to assess and promote the combat readiness of Iranian forces, as several other military exercises are underway in our neighborhood.” He added: “There have been four or five exercises north of our borders in the past month and currently Turkey is also carrying out another military exercise near our northern borders.”
Heidari, however, insisted that Iran has never attacked any country for the past two centuries, and that Iran has insisted on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity while Karabakh was under occupation. Armenian.
He insisted that transit routes in the region should be kept safe and secure, and transit routes for trade and energy transfer should be respected by countries in the region. He was obviously referring to the obstruction of the transit of Iranian trackers through Azerbaijan in recent months.
Meanwhile, exchanges between social media users from Iran and Azerbaijan have continued over the past 24 hours. A tweet asking Iranian Twitter users whether they would go to war with Azerbaijan if such a war broke out was “liked” by nearly 600 users, retweeted about 20 times and some 200 users replied that they would go to war with Azerbaijan within hours of the publication of the tweet.
Azariha Twitter account quoted Azbarjani lawmaker Fazil Aghamali as having said that Azerbaijan is capable of responding to a possible Iranian attack. The account replied that it appears that the Azeris have forgotten that the Iranian exercise began in reaction to a trilateral exercise led by Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan in the region and that the Republic of Azerbaijan violated the Caspian legal regime by extending this exercise to the Caspian Sea.
September 30, Chamroush Twitter account posted a video showing Iranian forces repeating part of the military exercise by bombing hills in the border area.
During this time, Iranian lawmakers also responded to threats from Azerbaijan on Twitter. Jalal Rashidi Koochi, MP for Marvadasht and Pasargadae wrote: âThere is a limit to Iran’s patience. Aviv and other Israeli cities. “
Mohsen Dehnavi, Member of Parliament for Tehran wrote in a tweet: âAmerica and Israel pushed Azeri leader Elham Aliyev into a dangerous scenario in order to create geopolitical changes against Iran and Russia. The hearts of the 6 million Shiites of the Republic of Azerbaijan deliver for Iran!
In the Iranian press last week, the only anti-Azeri commentary was observed in the Daily Kayhan, close to the office of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Kayhan wrote: âIran will not tolerate changes to its northern borders which aim to undermine the interests of Iran and Russia. While pointing the forefront of his analysis to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Kayhan also attacked Armenia and accused President Nikol Pashinyan of an act of reason against Armenia by agreeing to a Turkish-American plot. “