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2023-January-23  15:46

Top Commander: European Armed Forces Unable to Defeat IRGC in Battlefield

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami slammed the European Parliament’s resolution on labeling IRGC as a terror entity, and said that his country has the experience of overcoming major powers.

"The EU, in continuation of its historical line in this huge international sedition acted as a part of this world war against the Iranian nation," Maj. Gen. Salami said on Sunday, reacting to the European Parliament's move against the IRGC.

"By saying the EU, I mean some European countries that are always at the scene in fueling this challenge, this war and this crisis against the dear Iranian nation, especially Britain, France, Germany and Dutch Land," the senior military official declared.

"A brief glance at the past 120 years form Henry Campbell, Balfour to Churchill, James Callahan, Thatcher, Cameron, Tony Blaire, and the entire British prime ministers, till today, we notice that precisely that same line has been pursued, which is campaign, war, imposing crises, and even assassinations and massacres and mass murders by imposing food scarcity and sanctions," he added.

"The other European countries that I mentioned, too, were acting likewise; You are quite familiar with the role played by France during the years of the Imposed War against the Iranian nation. The Mirage and Super Étendard warplanes and other warfare they provided for the Iraqi regime and their political and psychological propagations in favor of the Baathist Iraqi regime with their chemical arsenals, which led to swelled skins and cutting the breath of the sanctified martyrs of chemical bombardments and the war disable veterans. You can pursue the lines of political crisis generating of those European countries in imposing a global sanction against the Iranian nation," the military official continued.

"Europeans are not capable of encountering IRGC. Iran has the experience of beating big powers, and has surpassed EU's will to impose sanctions," he noted.

Referring to the crystal clear footsteps of those European countries in the past months' security crisis in Iran, the senior commander underlined, "You noticed how those European countries were trying to be the main players in depriving our political system of its international legitimacy, and how they became safe havens for the fugitive rioters, whose souvenirs for the dear Iranian nation was terrorism. You saw how the French provided safe haven for the MKO terrorists, who had martyred 17,000 innocent Iranian young people."

"You saw how Europe intended to foment legitimacy crisis and threaten the country's independence, and hatch plots for disintegration of the Iranian nation's homeland. You noticed how the intelligence services of those enemies, forwarded weapons to Iran, in the course of a plot to mobilize all media and break the will of the Iranian nation by capturing the minds and hearts of the dear Iranian youth, and urging them to pour into the streets and set ablaze the achievements of the glorious and great Islamic Resolution," the IRGC commander underscored.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament's members backed an amendment added to an annual foreign policy report, calling for "the EU and its member states to include the IRGC in the EU's terror list". The step was passed by a vote of 598 in favor and nine against, with 31 abstentions.

The amendment will urge Brussels to blacklist the IRGC military force, the volunteer Basij force, and the IRGC's Quds Force.

The move has been strongly condemned by Iranian officials, commanders and the Armed Forces.

Tehran has repeatedly announced that the IRGC is an official state body which has had and will continue to have an important and key role in ensuring the security of Iran and the region.

Iranian officials have warned the EU that its plan to blacklist the IRGC as a “terrorist organization” may have unbearable consequences, urging Europe to avoid repeating the past mistakes.

They cautioned the European governments against falling into the trap of a plot hatched by the US and Israel, calling on the EU to maintain its independence from the US.

Tehran stresses the European states enjoy safety because of the elite forces' efforts in the fight against terror groups in the region.

In April 2019, the Iranian parliament passed a law designating American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a terrorist organization. The move was made in response to the US blacklisting of the IRGC.