An Iranian military commander has said Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered.
Mohammad Hejazi, deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, made his comments to the Iranian Fars news agency.
Iran is facing mounting international pressure over its controversial nuclear programme.
On Monday it unveiled fresh military exercises in the south that it said was to protect its nuclear sites.
“Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mr Hejazi told Fars.
The BBC’s Iran correspondent James Reynolds says Iran’s military and political leaders routinely stress that they are capable of defeating the country’s enemies should the need arise.