Iran: Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Political Chief Says The Regime's Future Is Tied To IRGC

NCRI- Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official weekly Sobh-e-Sadeq published a recent interview with Brig. Gen. Yadollah Javani, political chief of the IRGC on its philosophy of existence. The weekly quoted him as saying that “the IRGC is the arm of the supreme leader,” Ali Khamenei and the Iranian regime’s “future is tied to that of the IRGC’s."

He stressed that the “IRGC’s policy is nothing but that of the leader's” and the IRGC “must follow the line of Velayat-e Faqih [absolute clerical supremacy].”

NCRI- Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official weekly Sobh-e-Sadeq published a recent interview with Brig. Gen. Yadollah Javani, political chief of the IRGC on its philosophy of existence. The weekly quoted him as saying that “the IRGC is the arm of the supreme leader,” Ali Khamenei and the Iranian regime’s “future is tied to that of the IRGC’s."

He stressed that the “IRGC’s policy is nothing but that of the leader's” and the IRGC “must follow the line of Velayat-e Faqih [absolute clerical supremacy].”

Javani responding to the question on the limits of IRGC’s involvement in politics quoted Khamenei as saying “the IRGC deeds are not just limited to military responsibilities. It also covers political and cultural areas.”

He added that the IRGC must have it’s own “political doctrine” and “must defend [the regime] against all other doctrines.“

“The IRGC must adopt military, political, security and cultural measures when the situation arises,” said he.

The IRGC’s top official was asked should the IRGC be neutral at the time of internal feuding among various political tendencies and groups?

Javani responded that although there has been a red line set by Khomeini not to identify itself with any political group, however one has to bear in mind that “it does not mean that the IRGC should stand aside and take no actions against these groups.”

“Any group that would stand in the way of the Velayat … must know that IRGC would act against it,” he added.

“Imam [Khomeini] never said that the IRGC must not act against the deviant groups. He never mentioned the IRGC must be indifferent.”

Javani said “the red line is applicable when all groups believe absolute clerical supremacy.”

He said the first step for the IRGC acting against these groups is to have a “political doctrine” but “the present conditions [in the country] have evolved such that having a doctrine is considered the IRGC’s interfering in political affair.”

He stressed that the IRGC and the paramilitary Bassij Force must have the “vision” to identify all groups and political tendencies to deter the enemies of the republic.

Photo: Khamenei promoting Jafari to the rank of IRGC Major General

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