Iranian Supreme Leader’s top Aide for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati deplored Washington’s designation of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as a “terrorist organization”, but meantime said the hostile move has enhanced IRGC’s popularity rate more than ever.
“The national unity and solidarity created in support of the IRGC is unprecedented since the start of the Islamic Revolution,” Velayati said in Tehran on Saturday.
He, meantime, underlined the necessity for Iran to prepare for new developments in West Asia region.
His remarks came days after the United States designated the IRGC as a “foreign terrorist organization”, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a “terrorist group”.
Responding to Washington’s Monday move, Iran immediately declared the US as “state sponsor of terrorism” and American forces in the region “terrorist groups”.
Iran’s top security body, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), in a statement issued on Monday evening declared the United States a “terrorist government”, and blacklisted the “CENTCOM and all its affiliates a terrorist group”.
The SNSC – that is headed by President Hassan Rouhani – condemned Washington’s move, calling it “an illegal and dangerous action” that poses a “major threat to regional and international peace and security and grossly violates the rules of international law”.
The statement further condemned the US decision as “unlawful and unreasonable action” prompted by the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and success in fighting against terrorists, and blamed CENTCOM for harming Iran’s national security as well as ruining the lives of “innocent Iranian and non-Iranian individuals” to promote the US “aggressive policies” in West Asia (the Middle-East).
“The Islamic Republic of Iran regards this baseless move as a major threat to regional and international peace and security and a blatant violation of the compelling rules of international law and the United Nations Charter,” Iran’s top security body reiterated.