IRGC Reaffirms Syria Commitment

IRGC Reaffirms Syria Commitment IRGC Reaffirms Syria Commitment

A senior military official said Tehran is committed to providing Syria with full and solid support, to the extent possible.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, who was speaking at a press conference in Tehran on Monday, reassured Iran will never stop fighting oppression.

Pointing to talks of change in Iran's policy on the Syria crisis, the general said such debates are based on the personal opinions of some people, ruling out any shift in the official policy.

"The IRGC is fully prepared to deal with proxy wars and adversaries of the resistance front," Jafari said.

"In addition to providing [military] advice and experience, we will try to meet any requests [by resistance groups]."

He stressed that even under sanctions Iran has provided the required assistance to resistance movements in the region.

  Real Deterrent

On the recent nuclear deal between Iran and major powers concluded in July, Jafari said some people think the nuclear negotiations have provided security for Iran, while this is not true.

He said achievements of Iran's missile program and its naval power have been the real deterrent which enhanced security.

The nuclear deal may have provided for revoking previous United Nations Security Council sanctions resolutions against Iran, but such resolutions had never helped build up the necessary power to attack Iran and such measures will never be effective, the military official said.

The accord envisages the termination of all the provisions of Resolutions 1696, 1737 (passed in 2006), 1747 (passed in 2007), 1803 and 1835 (passed in 2008) and 1929 (passed in 2010) as well as the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions that the US and the EU have imposed on Iran.

The only way to deal with the hostility of the US is to maintain and develop military power, Jafari said, adding that "Iran's main power component is not weapons, but the popular resistance which is constantly growing."

On the missile program, the IRGC chief said surface-to-surface ballistic missiles are crucial to Iran's military capability, and the force has spent years to improve the precision of the weapons.  

"No cap is acceptable on the missile program," he said, adding that Iran plans to stage about 20 military exercises this Iranian year (ending March 19, 2016).

The US and its western allies have tried to pressure Iran over its missile program in recent months. They also raised the issue during the nuclear talks with Tehran.

Iran has repeatedly said missiles serve as a deterrent against potential foreign aggression and are not a threat to any country.