http://www.tasnimnews.com/English/Home/Single/287797 February 18, 2014 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian military commander praised the country’s capabilities in using the state-of-the-art technologies in the military sphere, and stressed that Iran is fully prepared to counter any cyber threats. “Iran is fully prepared to confront any kind of cyber attacks,” General Mohammad Aqakishi, the commander of the information technology and communication department at the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, said in a cultural ceremony in the city of Zanjan on Tuesday. Highlighting the country’s eye-catching progress in the field of information technology, the commander stressed that Iran’s military forces have very well taken advantage of such technologies. Aqakishi further referred to the cyber warfare as one of the common methods of modern confrontation in the contemporary era, and added, “One of the options on the table of the US and its allies is a cyber war against Iran. But we are fully prepared to fight cyber warfare. He said the US has been making “empty threats” against Iran for several years, noting that Washington itself is mindful of the Islamic Republic’s military might in the arena of information technology and communication. Earlier in December 2013, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan unveiled a dozen home-made technological products that are aimed to be used in the country’s cyber sectors. The 12 cyber products have been all developed and manufactured by local experts. The defense minister also hailed Iranian military experts for making great progress in cyber fields, and said, “Producing new items and mastering cyber technologies are among the top priorities of the defense ministry.” The Iranian experts have in recent years made great headway in producing home-made defensive equipment and have also made progress in securing the country against cyber attacks.