“The US plans to make up for failures in the region as its theories for disintegrating the Muslim states have failed and it has also failed to materialize the objectives that it pursued through creating and supporting the ISIL, thanks to vigilance in the region,” Sharif said on Wednesday.
Noting that the US sanctions are not just against the IRGC, he said, “In his recent speech, the US president publically called the Iranian nation as terrorist and certainly these sanctions are aimed at pressuring the Iranian nation, and speaking of the Armed Forces and the IRGC (as the target of these sanctions) is nothing more than a pretext.”
In relevant remarks in July, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri warned that enlisting the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terror organization and imposing sanctions against it will endanger the US bases in the region.
“Putting the IRGC in one single class with the terrorist groups and imposing similar sanctions against the IRGC poses a major risk to the US, its bases and forces deployed in the region,” General Baqeri said, addressing an IRGC commanders’ forum in the Northeastern city of Mashhad.
He also referred to the US senate’s sanctions against Iran’s missile program, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile power is defensive and is never negotiable at any level.”