The downing of the US drone was a warning message to the United States that Iranian army forces are capable of countering any “foreign aggression,” the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Major General Hossein Salami has said, according to the country's Tasnim news agency on Thursday.
In a strongly worded statement, Salami said the nation is "ready and prepared" for war.
“The downing of the American drone is an open, clear and categorical message, which is: the defenders of the borders of Iran will decisively deal with any foreign aggression” Salami said. "This is the way the Iranian nation deals with its enemies," he added.
Salami said Iran’s airspace is “a red line,” and warned the US that "the only way for our enemies to be safe is to respect our sovereignty, national security, and the national interests of the great Iranian nation.”
“We declare that we do not want war with any country, but we are completely and totally ready and prepared for war,” he said.