The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations said that the meeting of the Security Council – the 15-member council meeting to review regular report on the Resolution 2231 related to the nuclear agreement – stressed once again the international community’s full support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and confirmed the importance of its full implementation. The meeting also showed a demonstration of the United States isolation regarding the JCPOA. During the meeting the Permanent Representative of the United States made invented allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran, coming against the backdrop of US hegemonic intentions in the Middle East region and its expansionist policies. The destructive interventions of the United States in region and the exporting of billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry, some of which ended up in the hands of Daesh terrorist fighters, are indeed the actual causes of instability. Despite the US assured to “make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realization of full benefits by of Iran of the sanctions lifting”, the statements of US Representative regarding to the JCPOA are inconsistent with this commitment. The international community should not allow the United States to continue to undermine the JCPOA.
TEHRAN – On Wednesday, during his speech at a cultural ceremony in Tehran, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami stressed the Islamic Republic’s growing strength and influence, underlining how regional and global issues cannot be resolved without Iran’s presence. General Salami discussed about the recent defeat of the Daesh terrorist group and downfall of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, stressing Iran’s role in the major achievement and highlighting that the US and Zionist regime and their regional allies created Daesh to divide Muslims and confine the extent of the Islamic Revolution’s influence. “However, what happened was the expansion of the Islamic Revolution’s influence”, as he said. The commander also emphasized that thanks to the grace of God the threats posed against Iran by the enemies have been turned into opportunities for the country. He stressed that today Iran’s presence is essential to resolve regional end global matters and showed how the country is becoming more powerful while enemies are getting weaker.
After some French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments in an interview with the United Arab Emirates-based al-Ittihad newspaper in which he urged inflexibility with Iran regarding its missile program and influence in the Middle East, top Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati criticized and strongly rejected these remarks against Iran. Velayati warned that such acts of interference would discredit the French government in the eyes of Iranians and he stressed that Tehran will never ask for permission from anyone to enhance its missile program. “As an Iranian person familiar with the foreign policy issues and the French history, I recommend the president of that country (France) to try to follow General de Gaulle’s path during his term for foreign policy”, as he added. Even the senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in an interview with IRIB said that “It is not in the interests of Macron and the French government to interfere in issues pertaining to Iran’s missile program and strategic affairs, about which the Islamic Republic is very sensitive”. In denouncing Macron’s comments, Velayati also exhorted the French government not to fall under the influence of the wrong anti-Iran claims and to persuade its Persian Gulf allies to implement rational policies.
Iran and Iraq have started out joint military maneuvers in the Islamic Republic’s west and northwest to practice providing security for their common borders. The drills, codenamed Eqtedar (Authority), recruit armored, artillery, and infantry units of the Iranian Army, the drone and helicopter squadrons of the Ground Forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as well as some units enlisted with the Iraqi Army, ISNA reported on Monday. The exercises span the borders of Iran’s West Azarbaijan and Kordestan Provinces. Speaking on the sidelines of the drills, the IRGC’s Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said, “Facing common enemies, Iran and Iraq consider ensuring the security of their long borders against threats to be a perpetual and common necessity”.
A senior Iranian lawmaker denounced the US call for inspection of Iran’s military sites, stressing that the Islamic Republic will never allow foreign sides to inspect its military centers. There is no connection between the country’s military centers and its nuclear activities, Spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini underlined in an interview with Tasnim. He added that Iran’s military sites are top secret and their “doors are closed to strangers forever”. The official advised US officials to avoid speaking about Iran’s redlines and instead fulfil their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear deal between the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami highlighted Iran’s growing power in the Middle East and said the balance of power in the region has changed in favor of the Islamic Republic.The commander further pointed to the return of the body of an Iranian military adviser who was recently decapitated by the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group in Syria, saying that it indicated Iran’s power over hegemonic states and their mercenaries in the region. Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement on Thursday received the body of Martyr Hojaji from Daesh based on a ceasefire deal between the two sides. The transfer of Lebanon’s captured soldiers and two martyrs, as well as the body of Martyr Hojaji, took place after the buses carrying Daesh militants and their families arrived in the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Province. In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh that are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.