Iran vows retaliation against new US sanctions

Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:5PM
The file photo shows the Iranian Foreign Ministry's building in Tehran.
The file photo shows the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s building in Tehran.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denounced the US move to impose new economic sanctions against Tehran over its ballistic missile program as “cheap and useless,” saying Tehran will respond with its own sanctions against the Americans.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry condemned the US move to add new names to its list of illegal sanctions against Iran and said the Islamic Republic “will in turn impose new sanctions against a number of other American persons and entities that have taken hostile steps against the Iranian people and other Muslim nations in the region.”

It added that the name of these new American persons and entities would be announced soon.

The statement came after the administration of US President Donald Trump said it was imposing new economic sanctions against Iran over the Islamic Republic’s missile program hours after the White House admitted that Tehran was complying with a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries.

The US departments of treasury and state said Tuesday that they were targeting 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks.

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Iranian lawmakers also on Tuesday passed a single-urgency bill, which designates US military forces and intelligence services as supporters of terrorist groups in the Middle East.

The bill, whose single urgency was passed on the Parliament floor, read, “In view of the overt support provided to terrorist groups by the US government and the country’s military and intelligence forces and repeated confessions by American officials to having created terrorist groups and offered them all-out support, from the standpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the entirety of the United States’ military and intelligence forces are considered as supporters of terrorist groups in the region.”

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Meanwhile, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said Iran’s hands should not be tied in the face of the enemy’s sanctions and pressure, emphasizing that the IRGC’s suggestion is that the country should take retaliatory measures to counteract US pressure and bans.


Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:51PM
Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh (file photo)
Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh (file photo)

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division says Iran is self-sufficient in producing various types of surface-to-surface missiles, drones and smart bombs.

“[Iran’s] self-sufficiency in manufacturing advanced surface-to-surface missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, smart bombs, radar and air defense systems, electronic warfare [devices] and other issues correctly proves that we can overcome all problems by relying on domestic capabilities,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a meeting with a group of Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday.

Iran has recently made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and hardware. The Islamic Republic says its military power poses no threat to other countries and is merely based on the doctrine of deterrence.

Referring to a recent missile attack on terrorists’ positions in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, the commander said the IRGC’s Qods Force had initially given the list of 60 targets to the Aerospace Division, but eventually six missiles were fired at three main targets.

Hajizadeh added that all the missiles hit the targets and completely destroyed the Daesh Takfiri terrorists’ underground bases and tunnels, noting that some pictures of the destroyed tunnels have already been released.

On June 18, the IRGC fired six medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles at Daesh bases in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr, which killed more than 170 Takfiri terrorists, including a number of commanders and senior elements, and inflicted heavy damage on their equipment and systems.

Frame grab from broadcast footage shows the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps firing a ballistic missile against Takfiri targets in eastern Syria on June 18, 2017.

The missile attack came after gunmen mounted almost simultaneous assaults on Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini on June 7. The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assaults, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.

Hajizadeh also pointed to the US role in the creation of the ongoing challenges in the Middle East, saying that Iran was currently engaged in a war in multiple fronts.

The US tries to project the picture it wants of reality rather than the reality itself for the world’s public opinion, the IRGC commander said, adding that such an image was sometimes intimidating and sometimes very deceitful just like a mirage.

He emphasized that Iran’s hands should not be tied in the face of the enemy’s sanctions and pressure, emphasizing that the IRGC’s suggestion is that the country should take retaliatory measures to counteract US pressure and bans.


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