Iran will not back down from supporting terrorist proxies in the region and spreading its Islamic ideology abroad, a senior official in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has reiterated.
IRGC's operations "are not limited to Iran," Ali Fadavi, the IRGC's naval commander, said in an interview Monday with the Farsi language Jamaran site and reported by Al Arabiya.
Fadavi openly discussed the fact that IRGC operatives are currently "fighting the enemy thousands of kilometers away from our borders" — an offensive force posture seen as "necessary" to spread Iran's revolutionary ideology.
"Guarding the Islamic revolution does not only mean guarding one country and one government, i.e. Iran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps does not have any appendage attached to it and these were the orders of Imam Khomeini," Fadavi said.
The IRGC's primary objective is not protecting Iran's national security, he said, but to spread Shi'a Islamist ideology across the entire Mideast and Muslim world.
Iran has flat out rejected any efforts to renegotiate the nuclear agreement, amid reports of European efforts last month to constrain Iran's regional expansion and ballistic missile program.
Speaking in Tehran earlier this month, Ayatollah Khamenei proclaimed that Europe and the United States have no right to discuss Iran's regional activities. The region, Khamenei said in the same speech, belongs to Iran, not Europe.
Last month, the European Union (EU) reportedly was mulling new sanctions over non-nuclear related activities in an effort to keep the U.S. from terminating the nuclear agreement.
In response, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said that Iran "will not accept any changes, any interpretation or new measure aimed at limiting" the 2015 nuclear deal.
After a meeting in Tehran last month, Iran's foreign minister rejected his French counterpart's call to rein in Iran's missile program in an effort to preserve the nuclear agreement.
French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump met Tuesday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal's future. Trump called the agreement a "terrible deal" because it did not include restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program or destabilizing regional activities.
Recent statements from senior Iranian officials indicate that the Islamic Republic will not stop pursuing their quest for regional hegemony.
Steven Emerson is executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. He was a correspondent for CNN and a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report. Read more reports from Steve Emerson — Click Here Now.
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