IRGC Deputy Commander Underlines US Failure in Maximum Pressure Policy against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander for Political Affairs Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said that the Iranian nation’s resistance, the Leader’s guidelines and the country’s military power have worked well to defeat the US maximum pressure policy against Iran.
“The maximum resistance of the Iranian nation, Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei)’s strategic guides and Iran’s power to give a crushing response to any foreign military action are three main causes of the US failure in its maximum pressure policy,” General Javani said on Monday.
He referred to Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks last year that neither talks, nor war will take place between Iran and the US, and said that Trump left the White House with humiliation and joined history and the correctness of the Leader’s comments was proved.
“It was a strategic failure for the US and the Trump administration,” General Javani said.
He also referred to the empowerment of a democrat government in the US headed by Joe Biden, and said there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats in their goals against Iran and both of them are enemies of the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation.
In relevant remarks last Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his former American counterpart Donald Trump who claimed intention to defeat Iran has left office in disgrace.
Those seeking to defeat Iran are now overthrown in disgrace, President Rouhani said, a reference to former US president Donald Trump.
The inauguration takes place on a day that they claimed with bullying that they would have defeated Iran, the President said.
At the final days of their infelicitous life, everyone could see how much they were against democracy, Rouhani added.
"But at the end, it was revealed that these terrorists committed what kind of crimes against the American people and the world people as well," he said.
Also, last Wednesday, Iranian Envoy and Permanent Representative to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi voiced pleasure with the end of Trump's era, saying that he left the office without any success in maximum pressure policy against Tehran.
"Those who boasted about a maximum pressure policy hoping to bring Iran to its knees are now gone," Takht Ravanchi wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.
"Iran’s reality can't be ignored, and all attempts to undermine it have failed," he added.
Takht Ravanchi said that "time will tell" if "the new US administration (will) learn from past US hostility, ignorance and failure?"
Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade, but to no avail since its "so-called maximum pressure policy" has failed to push Tehran to the negotiating table.
In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.
Tehran has particularly been disappointed with failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the US' withdrawal.
On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments, and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium or research and development.
Meantime, Biden has recently said in a CNN article that he wants a renegotiation of the contents of the deal before he agrees to rejoin the agreement.
“I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations. With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal's provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” he wrote, mentioning that he wants changes to the contents of the nuclear deal and guarantees from Tehran that it would be open for compromise to strike multiple deals over its missile and regional powers as well as a number of other issues that have been the bones of contention between the two sides in the last four decades.
In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had stressed that the US has violated the nuclear deal and is in no position to ask for any conditions for its return to the JCPOA, adding that it's Tehran that has its own terms to allow the US back into the internationally endorsed agreement.
The foreign minister has reiterated time and again that Tehran would not change even a single word of the agreement, and cautioned the US that it needs to pay reparations for the damage it has inflicted on Iran through its retreat from the nuclear agreement and give enough insurances that it would not go for initiating the trigger mechanism again before it could get back to the deal.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Spokesman for the AEOI Behrouz Kamalvandi said his country enjoys the capability to produce 120 kg of uranium with 20% purity in 8 months, that's 4 months faster than the one-year period required by a recent parliament approval.