TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
"We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said. "Iran has the highest level of defense-military preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive demands,” he added.
The United States has sent further military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what U.S. officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.
Separately on Wednesday, a senior Iranian official told Reuters that Tehran was ready for all scenarios from "confrontation to diplomacy” but the United States could not afford another war in the Middle East.
"Don't test us," Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom said in an interview with Sky News Tuesday.
"While we have renounced any escalation in the region, I would assure you that Iranian armed forces are fully ready for any eventuality in the region, so they should not try to test the determination of Iran to confront any escalation in the region," Baeidinejad said.
Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday.
Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday the occupying regime would stand with the United States to confront Iran.
The occupying regime of Israel’s energy minister on Sunday warned of serious risks to Israel's security in case tensions between Iran and the United States increase.
"Things are heating up,” in the Persian Gulf, Yuval Steinitz, a confidant of the Zionist premier, told the Ynet news site. "I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel,” he said.
Steinitz also claimed that if the standoff between Tehran and Washington escalates, Iran's allies such as Hezbollah resistance movement in Lebanon and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip may attack Israel with their rockets.
Ali Motahhari, the deputy speaker of Iranian Parliament, dismissed the U.S. deployments in the Persian Gulf as "psychological warfare,” saying Washington is "not ready for a war, especially when Israel is within our range.”
Motahhari’s remarks echoed those of Major General Hussein Salami, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), who said the U.S. is waging "a psychological war” against Iran.
Another senior IRGC official said the Trump administration does not dare to wage a war on Iran.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reiterated on Tuesday that no war will take place in the region despite Washington’s recent brinksmanship.
"No war will occur and the definitive option of the Iranian nation is to resist America and in this confrontation, America will be forced to retreat,” the Leader told a group of state officials here.
"This confrontation is not military, because a war is not about to take place. Neither are we looking for a war, nor them because they know it is not in their best interests,” Ayatollah Khamenei.
"This is a clash of wills and our will is stronger, because in addition to our will, we have faith in God,” the Leader added.