US measure boosting IRGC popularity: Senior official

IRNA – Head of Iran’s Presidential Office Mahmoud Vaezi referred the US action against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as an election gift to Benjamiin Netanyahu, saying that this action had backfired and caused the popularity of the IRGC to rise.

On the sidelines of cabinet meeting on Wednesday, in response to a question about US action against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, Vaezi described that what the US government did was a hasty propaganda and a gift to Netanyahu on the threshold of the election.

The senior official added that US president Donald Trump wanted to change the outcome of the election while the poll showed the situation for Netanyahu is very bad so by giving Golan and this action against the IRGC he wanted to change the situation in favor of Netanyahu.

The head of the president’s office added, ‘Trump’s action is a propaganda and psychological warfare. It does not mean that action is to be taken, but rather, it wants to take apart the national solidarity and wide coherence that has been created to protect the country’s flood-hit people.

US President Donald Trump on Monday officially labeled IRGC, a part of Iran’s Armed Forces, a terrorist organization.

This is while, the Iranian forces in coordination with the governments of Iraq and Syria have played a military advisory role in fighting the terrorist group in both countries.

Iraq officially announced the defeat of Daesh in 2017, while Syria has managed to retake most of the fallen areas from the terrorists.

The latest anti-Iran move of Trump received fierce reactions from the Iranian officials. The country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani called for a retaliatory move by labeling the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization and the US government as a terrorist sponsor.

Zarif also called the move as ‘another misguided election-eve gift to Netanyahu’.

The members of the Iranian parliament at Tuesday’s session, coincided with the Iranian national day of Guards, showed up in official uniforms of IRGC to announce their support and solidarity with the forces.