Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly pledged to take a harder line on Iran – a promise he upheld earlier this month when he levied sanctions against twenty-five individuals and organizations tied to Iran’s ballistic missile program on February 3rd. The sanctions came days after the Iranian military tested a nuclear capable missile that Trump claims violated a multilateral nuclear agreement.
On Wednesday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard completed a three-day military exercise intended to increase coordination between teams tasked with manning rockets, artillery, tanks and helicopters within the nation’s military. Upon the completion of the exercise, General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces, issued a statement that would seem be aimed directly at the American president.
“The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake,” said General Pakpour said to the press. “The message of these exercises … for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid.”
According to Iranian officials, their drills included the use of drones and “advanced rocket” systems. “Everyone could see today what power we have on the ground,” the Iranian general said.