TEHRAN (Iran News) –The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has blasted the European Parliament’s resolution that calls for labeling the elite force as a “terrorist organization,” warning that the Europeans will have to suffer the consequences of repeating their past mistakes as the continent owes its security to the IRGC.
Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks after a meeting on Saturday with Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as the two discussed a recent move by the European Union to designate the IRGC as a “terrorist” entity.
Praising sacrifices made by the IRGC, particularly the IRGC’s Quds Force and its late commander General Qassem Soleimani, Salami said the top Iranian anti-terror icon “played the biggest and most leading role in eliminating [a manifestation of] worldwide terrorism,” referring to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
“But for the IRGC’s endeavors, especially the Quds Force and the leadership of Martyr Soleimani, the volcano of terrorism created by the Americans would have engulfed the Europeans and the security that prevails in Europe today would have been destroyed,” the IRGC chief said.
“The fire [of terrorism] was reaching the edge of Europe and had it not been contained, it would have covered all the geographical levels of Europe; but the Europeans and Americans are accustomed to replacing executioner with martyr, and oppressor with oppressed,” he added.
Salami called on the European governments to avoid committing their past mistakes, stressing that they will have to accept the consequences if they make a mistake again.
“Europe has not learned lessons from its past mistakes and thinks that it can undermine the glorious IRGC, which is empowered by faith, trust, strength and determination, with such statements,” he said, adding, “We are never worried about such threats or even acting on them, because the more opportunities our enemies give us, the stronger we act…but we advise the Europeans not to repeat their past mistakes.”
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted an amendment which was added to an annual foreign policy report, calling on the EU and its member states to include the IRGC on their terror list. The parliament also passed another resolution on Thursday, calling for more sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities and putting the IRGC on the EU terrorist list over alleged human rights violations during the recent riots.
This is while Iran’s intelligence bodies have found footprints of American and other Western spy agencies in recent violent riots inside Iran which claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces.
The move by the European Parliament has been strongly condemned by Iranian officials, commanders, and the Armed Forces.
Meanwhile in the meeting, Majlis Speaker announced on Saturday that if the European Parliament wants to close “the window of logic” and defend terrorism, the Islamic Republic will be ready for taking strong measures against any action.
If they want to damage the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, the Majlis will be ready to counter, Qalibaf said after his visit to the IRGC headquarters and his meeting with the IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salaami.
The enemies do not have exact knowledge about “our nation and our IRGC” and the relations between the two, the speaker added to his words.
They think that the IRGC is just a military force like their own military forces, but they should know that the IRGC and Basij have come from the people and the nation, he underlined.
Qalibaf went on to say that General Soleimani who was assassinated by the US forces in Iraq over three years ago is today the most popular figure among the people, and he was from IRGC.
Such an analytical mistake made by the Europeans about the IRGC has to be put right, Qalibaf noted.
As the speaker stated, the European Parliament is an advocate of terrorism today as they support Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) which has killed and tortured over 17,000 Iranian people including women and children.
The Islamic Republic is powerful enough at the present time to strongly respond to any threats, he stressed.