The remarks were made by Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, defense minister during President Hassan Rouhani’s previous tenure and former commander of the Air Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). He made the comments to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the news agency published a day later.
“A limited, tactical conflict can turn into a full-fledged war,” Dehqan said.
He, however, not only clearly distanced Iran from any intention to trigger such a conflict, but also cautioned strongly about such confrontation’s repercussions for the region and, by extension, the world.
“We don’t welcome a crisis. We don’t welcome war. We are not after starting a war,” he said.
“Definitely, the United States, the region, and the world cannot stand such a comprehensive crisis,” the military expert noted.
He, accordingly, warned against any American military escalation in President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office.
Dehqan, meanwhile, addressed the likelihood of fresh negotiations with the US and the quality that such talks could partake of.
He reminded that the US’ atrocities under Trump had made it extremely difficult for Iran to accept its return to the negotiation table. Among the rest, he referred to the US’ assassination of Iran’s senior anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani on Trump’s direct order near Baghdad airport in January.