Minister: IRGC will continue treading its path with strength

Iran’s serious warning to Europe

Political Desk

Bids by some in the West to designate an official military force of a country as a “terrorist organization” outside

the international regulations’ framework are indicative of the weakness of their thought, ethics and politics, said the Iranian interior minister.

Ahmad Vahidi made the remarks in an address to reporters on the sidelines of a Wednesday cabinet meeting, reacting to a plan by the European Parliament to blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist organization”, Tasnim News Agency reported.

While the IRGC, he added, has fought terrorism the most, it is threatened by some circles that support terrorism.

They think they can weaken the IRGC, which has a place in the Iranian people’s hearts and is at their service, Vahidi said, stressing that the IRGC is the most important anti-terror force and the late Iranian top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the U.S. in January 2020 in Baghdad, is a symbol of the fight against terrorism.

The minister noted that the Zionist regime is a flagrant manifestation of state terrorism, adding the United States assassinated Lt. Gen. Soleimani in a conspicuous act of terror.

Vahidi emphasized that all peoples in the region deem themselves indebted to the IRGC’s efforts and Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

He gave the assurance that the IRGC has no concerns over the European Parliament’s plan to designate it as a “terror organization” and will continue treading its path with strength.

Britain and the EU are expected to coordinate moves to designate the IRGC as a “terrorist organization” after Iran executed dual national Alireza Akbari for spying for Britain.

In similar remarks in reaction to the European Parliament’s plan, Iranian lawmaker Abolfazl Amouei, warned Europeans of the Islamic Republic’s proportionate reaction to their actions against the country’s national security, ICANA reported.

Spokesman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Amouei added Europeans’ bids to blacklist the IRGC are very strange, adding that they interfered in Iran’s internal affairs, which is in contradiction with international law.

Amouei said by sending a spy, referring to former Iranian official Alireza Akbari, to Iran, they acted against the country’s national security, stressing that the person, who was executed earlier on charges of espionage against Iran, explicitly confessed to having transferred abroad sensitive information in return for considerable amounts of money.

Condemning the European Parliament’s bids to blacklist the IRGC, Ebrahim Azizi, the vice chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the force has been born out of the values of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and threats by some political systems fail to have any adverse impact on its motivation, according to ICANA.

He also urged the EU to adopts is policies independently, without allowing U.S. interference in its affairs.

HADI ZAND/ISNA