Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander: United States 'won't dare attack' country

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander: United States 'won't dare attack' country

Iran will not surrender to USA pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, stepping up the war of words between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

With tensions between the two sides already high, there has been a dramatic escalation in recent weeks after the United States labelled Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "foreign terrorist organisation".

On Wednesday, U.S. officials said the Defense Department was considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East.

Iran now faces an attack that is more complex than any it had faced before, Rouhani said at a ceremony commemorating the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh's comments on Wednesday, reported by the semi-official ILNA news agency, come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington a year after President Donald Trump pulled America from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Iraq said it will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to de-escalate tensions between the United States and Iran.

The spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) categorically dismissed the notion of talks with the USA government unless Washington changes its behavior.

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Tensions between the United States and Iran have been surging since President Donald Trump canceled temporary waivers permitting countries, including Iraq, Turkey, Japan and China to purchase Iranian oil without violating US sanctions.

Oman was one of the countries who helped to bring Washington and Tehran to the negotiating table in 2015 to eventually sign the JCPOA, also known as Iran nuclear deal.

He said officials from several countries had visited Iran recently, "mostly representing the United States", but that Tehran's message to them was firm.

Jens Ploetner, a political director in the German Foreign Ministry, met Iranian Deputy Foreing Minister Abbas Araghchi.

"More than one year after the imposition of these severe sanctions, our people have not bowed to pressures despite facing difficulties in their lives", Rouhani was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

"The Iranian nation's definite option will be resistance in the face of the U.S., and in this confrontation, the United States would be forced into a retreat", Ayatollah Khamenei said.

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