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US effort to include IRGC among terror organs a pride for Guards- Khatami

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA Tehran-Friday Prayer-IRGC Provisional Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran said here Friday the US decision to include the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the list of international terrorist organizations is another golden page in the IRGC's history.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami added, "As in the nuclear case, the Iranian nation and government would never leave alone their revolutionary offsprings." Two leading US dailies, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported in their Wednesday edition about US officials intention to survey adding the name of Iran's Revolutionary Guards to the list of the international organs involved in terrorist acts.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter, Ayatollah Khatami in his second sermon, addressed to thousands of Tehrani worshipers at central campus of Tehran University, congratulated the IRGC on blessed birth anniversary of the Third Shi'a Imam, Husain ibn Ali (PBUH), that is marked as the Islamic Guards Day.

He said, "The IRGC has truly shined well during the 28-year history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, both in confronting foreign enemies and foiling domestic plots." Khatami said, "Among the prides of the IRGC we can refer to the late founder of the Islamic Republic's words about the Guard Corps, where he said he was pleased with the IRGC, and that he would never think negatively about them.

He added, "The late Imam also said that there would have been no Islamic Republic of Iran if there were no IRGC; I love the IRGC very dearly; My entire hope lies in IRGC's conduct;" and "There is nothing in the records of the IRGC, save serving Islam." Ayatollah Khatami said, "Therefore, the US State Department's decision to include IRGC in its list of world terror organs is merely another golden point in the records of IRGC pride.

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