Senior Iranian Army officials said divisions in the South and Southeast have gone on alert due to the unrests in Iraq.
“We are on the alert in the South and Southeast,” Deputy Chief Liaison of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force troops General Ali Arasteh said addressing a gathering of Ground Force Athletes Wednesday morning.
The senior Army official said Ground Force Commander General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan and a number of his deputies are also in the same region supervising defensive measures.
On Monday Iranian Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri once again reiterated that the country’s borders are fully secure.
“We are closely monitoring the situation across the region,” Amiri said.
He noted that there is no security lapse along Iran’s borders with the neighboring countries, and said, “Border guards are doing their duties in the best way.”
Amiri pointed to the importance of maintenance of security along the borders, and said, “Whenever there is insecurity in a neighboring country, Iran’s National Security Council discusses the case in an urgent meeting.”
On Sunday, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi also stressed that the country’s borders are fully secure, adding that Iranian borders have been reinforced in terms of manpower and military equipment.
On Saturday, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi informed that security forces have intensified measures along the country’s Western border with Iraq in a bid prepare for any unexpected incident.
“Given the circumstances in certain neighboring countries and efforts by enemies of the Islamic Revolution to organize terrorist groups, it is all the more necessary to pay attention to borders,” Abdollahi told reporters.
Earlier this week, Amiri announced that the country’s security and intelligence forces have full control over the Western borders with Iraq and are ready to foil any unexpected threat.
“There is no notable problem along our common border with Iraq,” Amiri said.
“However, the necessary measures have been adopted by the Interior Ministry and border police,” he added.
The official further added that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council will discuss this issue in a forthcoming session.
Earlier this month, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari reiterated full control over the country’s borders, and said the terrorists active in Iraq don’t dare to pose a threat to Iran.
“We don’t assume any threat posed to our borders since the Iranian nation and the country are awake and they enjoy full vigilance under the guardianship of Velayat (Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and we also act upon our responsibility,” Heidari told reporters in Tehran in mid June.
He, meantime, said Iran always monitors its borders vigilantly and has recently tightened border controls to give a crushing response to any possible threats.
Heidari referred to the recent events in Iraq and the terrorist attacks in the neighboring country, and said what is happening in the regional states is a part of the plots hatched by the arrogant powers and the Zionist regime.
Commander of the Iranian Border Guards Units General Hossein Zolfaqari had also earlier announced that his forces have intensified security measures along the country’s Western borders with Iraq in a bid to prepare for any unexpected conditions.
“All the possible outcomes for any type of activity along the country’s Western borders have been studied and we are prepared for confronting any possible conditions,” General Zolfaqari said.
He noted that some Iraqi citizens may look for a safe haven in Iran due to inclement conditions in their country, “and we have offered some proposals to the officials in this regard”.