All Enemies' Plots to Harm Iran Unity Thwarted, Says IRGC Commander

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has hailed the peaceful coexistence among Iranians, saying all plots hatched by enemies to undermine national unity and solidarity in the country has been thwarted.

The enemies are making considerable efforts to harm the Iranian nation's unity and solidarity, but all their plots have always been neutralized thanks to the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the prudence of Iranians, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Tuesday.

 He added that despite hostile acts by the global arrogance, "the Islamic Republic is still continuing its path with strength and dignity."

The most important goal of enemies is to create insecurity across Iran; however, Shia and Sunni Muslims are making joint efforts to boost the country's security, the IRGC commander said.

During a recent meeting in Tehran with a number of officials in charge of a martyrs’ congress in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, Ayatollah Khamenei has lauded the strong unity among Iran’s Shia and Sunni Muslims despite all enemy attempts to sow discord among them.

Ayatollah Khamenei further called for vigilance among Muslims against divisive enemy schemes.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jafari pointed to the eight-year war imposed by Iraq with the backing of major global powers and said, "The biggest achievement of this war was that other nations accepted that they can stand up to the global arrogance's bullying."

He emphasized that Iran has also countered the cultural, political and economic aggression of the global arrogance aimed at harming the Islamic Revolution.

"Enemies of the Islamic Revolution tried to create distrust among the [Iranian] people of the Islamic establishment through the imposition of economic pressure and sanctions and the creation of certain economic problems but this plot was also thwarted through the vigilance of the people," the IRGC commander said.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in January the Islamic Republic's security and stability depend on its own people, adding that "infiltrators" will not be permitted to violate the rights of the Iranians.

"Iran's security and stability depend on its own people, who - unlike the peoples of [US President Donald] Trumps regional "bffs”- have the right to vote and to protest," Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account.

No talks on Iran’s defense capabilities, spokesman says

On the other hand, spokesman for the Iranian Administration Mohammad Baqer Nobakht reiterated the country’s policy not to negotiate with foreigners about its missiles power saying that no country has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic.

“Our defense capabilities are nobody’s business,” Nobakht told reporters during his weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran has heard no little “nonsense” over the past 40 years, he said, referring to anti-Tehran remarks made by hegemonic powers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy is based on interaction,” he said, adding, however, that the country would never accept any bullying.

Iran has always stressed that its military might and test of missiles are issues pertaining to the defense of its territorial integrity and have nothing to do with other matters, the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the Group5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany), known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran has also underscored frequently that its military might poses no threat to other countries and that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

Since the JCPOA came into force in early 2016, the US has been seeking to link the deal to Iran’s missile program.

US President Donald Trump, who has called the JCPOA the “worst deal ever negotiated”, has called for renegotiating it to address what he calls concerns about Iran’s missile capabilities.

The Islamic Republic has underlined that the nuclear agreement is not renegotiable under any circumstances.

Press T.V, Tasnim