In an interview with the Fars News Agency today, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi claimed that Iran is in possession of secret weapons along with top secret capabilities that could be used to confront the United States.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has many hidden capabilities, which are kept for rainy days," Vahidi said in the interview. "We have not yet revealed all our capabilities."
Referring to the U.S. assets positioned in the Persian Gulf, Vahidi stated: "These days Americans badly fear that an incident happens in the region and they can't stand against the Islamic Republic's firm positions vis-à-vis that given event."
Vahidi then, in an ominous warning to America, said, "Undoubtedly, since our defense is an independent and defensive one based on our own defensive policies, special defense doctrines and internal capabilities, the U.S. will face a completely new environment when [it] gets involved with the new issues that Iran is pursuing and it will be obliged to think of this new environment."
The Iranian defense minister went on to say that the American armed forces' passivity in a possible confrontation with the Islamic regime's forces will be due to the fact that Iran has not shown all weapons in its arsenal.
Vahidi is wanted by Interpol for the 1994 Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that killed more than 80 people and injured 100.
Vahidi also, as the chief commander of the Guards' intelligence unit, directed the Marine barracks bombing killing 241 U.S. servicemen. He has been involved in many other terror attacks that collaborated with Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida.
Today, Vahidi oversees the Islamic regime's missile and nuclear program along with proliferation of arms to al-Qaida, Taliban, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.
As revealed recently, Iran's supreme leader has issued an order to activate all terror cells under his command, including the Quds forces and Hezbollah, to attack U.S. and Israeli interests in America and around the world. The Guards also have been ordered to prepare for missile attacks against U.S. military bases in the region and Israel and for the closing down of the Strait of Hormuz.
In a recent speech to students at a Tehran military college, the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, stated, "Iran is not a nation to sit still and just observe threats from fragile materialist powers which are being eaten by worms from inside."
He continued, "Anyone who harbors any thought of invading the Islamic Republic of Iran – or even if the thought crosses their mind – should be prepared to receive strong blows and the steel fists of the military, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and the Basij…"
Ali Akbar Velayati, ex-Iranian foreign minister and current special adviser on foreign affairs to the Iranian supreme leader, openly acknowledged that the Iranian Quds forces have been involved with the Arab uprisings and are managing the events in the region, including in Iraq and Lebanon. It was the first time an Iranian official acknowledged the activities of Iran's Quds forces, designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
Velayati is also wanted by courts in Argentina for his involvement in the Jewish community center bombing of 1994.
The secret weapon Vahidi cites could be that Iran already has a nuclear bomb.
As revealed in October, the Iranians actively approached the former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and managed to get the bomb. Sources within the U.S. State Department have confirmed the acquisition, though it is unknown if the Iranians got the code.
One thing is clear, the radical leaders of the Islamic regime in Iran have crossed every red line in their pursuit of the nuclear bomb and currently have enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran's Revolutionary Guard and author of the award-winning book "A Time to Betray." He is a senior fellow with EMPact America, a member of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board member of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).