DUBAI (Rahnuma) : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said they will produce IR8 advanced centrifuges as part of the country’s nuclear program if the US continued to impose pressure.
He defended the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as protectors of the Islamic republic a day after the United States labeled the group as a foreign terrorist organization, and said the army confronted terrorists in the Middle East.
“The Guards have sacrificed their lives to protect our people, our (1979 Islamic) revolution … today America that holds a grudge against the Guards, blacklists the Guards,” Rouhani said in a live speech broadcast live on state TV.
The US made a mistake by labeling the Guards as a terrorist group, Rouhani stated, adding that it would unite Iranians.
Meanwhile, The Supreme National Security Council declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism” and its forces in the region “terror groups,” in a tit-for-tat response.
In a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA, it slammed Washington’s move as an “illegal and foolish act.”
Zarif blasted the US move on Twitter, saying it was timed to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election in the Jewish state.
“A(nother) misguided election-eve gift to Netanyahu. A(nother) dangerous US misadventure in the region,” he wrote.