Iran Has Secret Weapons That Could 'Punish the Enemies in the Furthest Points,' General Claims

A top Iranian general claimed on Wednesday that his country has "secret defense facilities and capabilities" that could be used to "punish" enemies.

"We possess equipment that could punish the enemies in the furthest points if need be," Deputy Chief of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras warned, the Tehran Times reported.

"Today, many of our equipment are unveiled, but our more effective equipment are not unveiled and they would appear when they are needed to strike a tough blow to the enemy [sic]," he said.

According to Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the commander "underlined that Iran's secret defense facilities and capabilities could scare enemies to death if necessary."

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Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran on February 2, organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution ATTA KENARE/AFP

Dadras remarks came amid continuing tensions between the Persian Gulf nation and the U.S., as well as a week after Iran revealed its Bavar 737 missile system. Iranian officials have claimed that the system is more advanced than the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot system as well as its Russian counterpart, the S-300.

George Friedman, founder and chairman at Geopolitical Futures, told Newsweek that while the Iranian generally was probably telling the truth about having secret weapons, the comment was most likely an attempt at "posturing."

"The claim that they have weapons that have not been unveiled is probably true. All countries have them. Iran can't know if the Americans or any other country knows about them, because they don't know if they have been penetrated," Friedman said.

"The worst thing to do if you have truly secret weapons, is to announce that you have them, as every intelligence agency of any size will be tasked to find out what they have," he pointed out. "Announcing that 'I have a secret that you don't know' is dumb. And the Iranians aren't dumb. So I take this as posturing."

Tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., after President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, signed by his predecessor former President Barack Obama, and reimplemented crippling financial sanctions targeting the country. The landmark treaty – which was also signed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia – offered Iran sanctions relief and international investment in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Consistent reports from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog showed that Iran was abiding by the terms of the deal, but Trump believed the agreement was bad for the U.S.

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Iranian President Hasan Rouhani delivers a speech during the opening session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 28, 2016 ATTA KENARE/AFP

Trump on Monday told reporters that he was willing to meet directly with Iran's President Hasan Rouhani, saying the country had "tremendous potential."

"I have a good feeling. I think he [Rouhani] is going to want to meet and get their situation straightened out," the president said. "They are hurting badly."

However, Rouhani on Tuesday dismissed the possibility unless the U.S. lifted sanctions against his country.

"In the relations between Iran and the U.S., we will not witness any positive development unless the U.S. abandons the sanctions and corrects the wrong path it has chosen," the Iranian president said.

"The key to positive developments is in Washington's hands," he added.