We Are United Against Enemies
TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani yesterday cautioned against the repercussions of a planned move by the US to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, saying the IRGC is popular not only in Iran but also in regional countries.
If the U.S. government makes the mistake of taking action against the IRGC, it would be a double mistake, President Rouhani said during a cabinet session held in Tehran on Wednesday.
“The IRGC is not just a military unit, but it has been in the hearts of the (Iranian) people and has defended our national interests in all times of danger,” he stressed.
Rouhani further said the IRGC is also popular in Iraq because it has saved Baghdad, among Iraq’s Kurds because it has saved Erbil, and among the Syrian and Lebanese people because of its major efforts to combat terrorism.
Rouhani described the 2015 nuclear deal as “a litmus test” for the world community, saying any party that walks away from the multilateral accord would be damaging its own reputation.
Rouhani said the signatories that choose to honor their sides of the bargain are in fact protecting their own international reputation, adding that “if any side fails to stand committed to the deal, it would be tarnishing its own reputation.”
He also noted that the number of countries and regimes that support Washington’s hostile stance on the nuclear deal could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
On the contrary, he said, “Today, the world backs the path that the Islamic Republic of Iran has chosen and there is no one, even among the U.S.’s allies in Europe, who supports destroying the agreement.”
Rouhani said that the JCPOA is a big test for all governments of the world and commitment to it can be a base of trust for the whole world.
The President made the remarks addressing the cabinet meeting after a big media hype has been created in the past weeks that the US President Trump is going to decertify Iran’s commitment to the deal.