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Iran: IRGC Chief Touts Economic Agenda

Source: Tehran Times

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Mohammad Ali Jafari on Saturday defended IRGC's economic activities, saying that the military's economic muscle is intrinsic to its commitment to the Islamic revolution and promotion of its goals.

IRGC Chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari
(photo by Tasnim News Agency)

"The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has embarked on new areas of activity in line with its immense responsibilities toward the country and due to the Supreme Leader's wish," he said.

Major General Jafari made the remarks in Mazandaran Province in a ceremony commemorating those who lost their lives in the thick of the Islamic Revolution.

The commander also looked at the IRGC's economic mission from a different perspective, noting that the economy, along with other areas, can be one target for enemies to damage the revolution.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the commander referred to what he called the "soft threat" as the most dangerous type of threat Iran is facing, adding that military threats have turned into opportunities for the country, especially during an 8-year war imposed by Iraq in the 1980s.

"The soft cultural, political, economic, and social threats are the most dangerous threats to the Islamic Revolution," said the IRGC commander.

Jafari also pointed to Basij's role in safeguarding the revolution, saying that people should be aware of the threats mounted against the country so as to be able to fight them.

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