The gathering which will take place in Tehran on October 30 has been entitled â€œMen of the Sunâ€, Mohammad-Ali Samadi announced in an interview with the state-owned Mehr news agency.
Samadi said that forms would be provided to attendees to volunteer for suicide operations, adding, â€œUntil now, 40,000 people have signed up for martyrdom-seeking operations and three battalions of volunteers for these operations have been formed and the formation of more battalions will be announced in due courseâ€.
Last week, a top general of Iranâ€™s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) issued a direct threat to the United States and its allies, warning that the Islamic Republic had identified â€œall the weak points of our enemiesâ€ and has suicide operation volunteers â€œready to strike at these sensitive locationsâ€ in retaliation to any attack.
â€œWe know all of the enemiesâ€™ weak points and what to do against them. Today, we have martyrdom-seeking individuals who are ready to strike at these sensitive pointsâ€, Brigadier General Mohammad Kossari, who heads the Security Bureau of Iranâ€™s Armed Forces, told the state-run news agency ILNA.
Last month, Iranâ€™s newly-installed Defence Minister announced that the Islamic Republic had volunteers for suicide bombing that enabled the country to stand up to foreign enemies.
Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, a veteran Revolutionary Guards commander, told a gathering of Guards commanders in Tehran, â€œThe Iranian nation has martyrdom-seeking Bassij forces, and so there is no need for nuclear weaponsâ€, according to Parto-Sokhan, an ultra-Islamist weekly close to Iranâ€™s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Bassij – affiliated to the IRGC – are hard-line Islamist vigilantes loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
â€œA nation which has a spirit of devotion, sacrifice, self-forgoing, and martyrdom-seeking does not need nuclear weapons and can use its devoted forces to stand against the enemies and neutralise all their threatsâ€, Defence Minister Mohammad-Najjar said.
â€œOur martyrs have shown the world powers that Islamic Iran is alive, dynamic, and willing to make the biggest sacrifices to defend its values and dignityâ€, Mohammad-Najjar said.
In July, Parto-Sokhan conducted a series of interviews with the commander of a military garrison that was opened in Iran to recruit and train volunteers for â€œmartyrdom-seeking operationsâ€.
Mohammad-Reza Jaafari, a general in the IRGC, told the weekly that the new â€œLovers of Martyrdom Garrisonâ€ (Gharargahe Asheghane Shahadat, in Persian) would recruit individuals willing to carry out suicide operations against Western targets.