GENEVA - Iran's military commanders said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic was on the verge of an all-out confrontation with its enemies and was ready to counter any threat.
"Iran has the highest level of defense-military preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive demands," Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
He said Iran would defeat an American and Israeli alliance.
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.
The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said: "We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy," the Fars news agency reported.