IRGC Commander Urges ‘Firm Stance’ against Hegemonic Powers
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underscored that the IRGC along with the Iranian people doesn’t allow the world powers to influence the country after the Vienna nuclear agreement, FNA reports.
“The IRGC is strongly standing beside the brave and faithful people of Islamic Iran and thanks to this resistance, sympathy and unity of words and with God’s help and assistance, we will not allow the hegemonic powers to exercise influence on our country in any area,” Jafari said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Thursday.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that Tehran would not allow the US to influence the regional countries, especially Tehran’s allies.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the first power in the region and it plays an important role in supporting the resistance line against the US hegemony and Zionists’ expansionism and it will not allow the US to influence the region for different reasons,” Velayati told reporters after a meeting with Syrian Information Minister Omran Ahid al-Za’bi in Tehran.
He elaborated on Iran’s reasons to prevent the US clout in the region, and said, “First the US influence in allied and friendly countries is not acceptable to Iran, and Tehran doesn’t allow Washington to spread its clout in those states again; second, if the Americans influence the regional states, the way will be pave for their penetration in other countries.”
Velayati said that the Americans were paving the ground for the expansion of their clout in the region which should be prevented.
His remarks came after Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei described Iran and the US regional policies as complete opposite, and said Tehran was standing firm against Washington’s divisive plots in the region.
Addressing participants in the 8th International General Assembly of Islamic Radios and Televisions Union in Tehran on Monday, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei referred to the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, and said, “Washington imagined that it could use this agreement whose fate is not clear yet – as its final approval is not yet a definite fact neither in Iran nor in the US – to find a way to wield influence in Iran; and this was their intention.”
But “we closed this path; and we will definitely keep it closed”, Supreme Leader underlined.
“We will not allow the US to influence (our) economy, or politics or culture. We will stand against such penetration with all our power – that is, thanks God, at a high level today,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said.
“They seek to disintegrate the regional states and create small and subordinate countries but God willing, this will not happen,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei warned, elaborating on the US regional policies.
“Disintegration of Iraq and, if they can, Syria is the clear policy of the Americans, but the territorial integrity of the regional states, Iraq and Syria is highly important to us,” Supreme Leader added.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei elaborated on Iran’s regional policies, and said, “Iran fully supports resistance in the region, specially the resistance in Palestine, and will support anyone who struggles against Israel and strikes at the Zionist regime.”
Noting that fighting against the US divisive policies in the region was one of Iran’s main policies, he voiced strong protest at the propaganda efforts made in London under the pretext of supporting Shiites and against the Sunni Muslims, and said such moves merely serve the arrogant powers.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei also stressed Iran’s support for all the oppressed people, including the Bahrainis and the Yemenis, but meantime stressed, “Despite baseless claims, we don’t interfere in these countries but continue supporting the oppressed people.”
Following Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s comments, the Iranian parliamentarians joined the ‘#We-Don’t-Allow-It-Either’ campaign to show obedience to the Leader’s orders.