Rouhani says Iranian armed forces are not a regional threat, will only attack Israel and the US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iranian armed forces were not a threat against any regional country, that they will only attack Israel and the US, as Tehran held an Army Day military parade.

“I want to tell the regional countries that the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran are not against you and your national interests. They stand against invaders… The roots of our problems are the Zionist regime and American imperialism,” Rouhani said.

He called on Muslim nations to band together and “restore the historical right of the nation of Palestine,“ saying that “Zionism … has been committing crimes in the region for the past 70 years.”

“The final victory will surely be with the righteous,“ he added.

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The United States officially designated the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization on Monday, an unprecedented move which was condemned by Iran and created concerns about reprisal attacks on U.S. forces.

Rouhani called the U.S. move against the Guards “abhorrent” and said “Insulting the Revolutionary Guards is an insult to all (Iranian) armed forces and an insult to Iranian great nation.”

The Instagram accounts of at least three commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including Qasem Soleimani, who have about 900,000 followers, have been blocked on Tuesday, only a day after the US officially designated it as a foreign terror group.