IRGC commander rules out war between Iran, US

Al-Monitor- Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), called war between Iran and the United States an impossibility. Speaking at the “World Without Terror” conference Oct. 31 in Tehran, Jafari said, “There is no doubt that a military confrontation between Iran and the United States is impossible, because they are extremely afraid of the consequences of this war. They are certain they will be defeated if a war begins.” With tensions between Washington and Tehran heightened, reports have been circulating about the possibility of war being triggered. 

Jafari said, “These days, the US is planning to start imposing the sanctions called CAATSA [Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] under the pretext of Iran’s missile capability. While the IRGC and [Iran’s] missile capability are [just a] pretext, Iran’s economic capacity is the [real] target.”

On the possibility that the United States might try to kill the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Jafari asked, “What was the benefit of the JCPOA for us?” He noted, “The Iranian nation has repeatedly experienced Americans’ not honoring their commitments.”

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