The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) described Trump’s decision to include this force on the blacklist of terrorist organizations as senseless.
General Hossein Salami said yesterday, Saturday, April 13, 2019, that the United States was itself a major sponsor of terrorism and that it had always supported barbarism wherever it was, while claiming that it wanted to spread democracy throughout the world.
Hossein Salami, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the RIMC, made the following statement during a visit to the flooded areas of Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, where the Iranian military continues to assist the inhabitants of the affected towns and villages.
His statements come several days after the White House announced its intention to blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. This is the first time the United States has blacklisted another country’s official military force.
This decision caused a worldwide outcry and many countries described it as unreasonable. Criticisms within the United States have also been raised and the Trump administration has been warned of the consequences of maintaining American forces in the Middle East.
General Salami recalled that Iran itself has been a victim of terrorism since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
In response to the US decision, Tehran also referred to CENTCOM, a part of the US military responsible for “protecting the interests of Americans and their allies in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa”, as a “foreign terrorist organization”.