The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ political bureau said on Sunday that the IRGC is not seeking war with Israel or the US, but is practicing an ongoing strategy of military deterrence.

Writing in Mashregh News, a conservative website with strong ties to the Guards, Brig.- Gen. Yadollah Javani, who is also the Guards’s most senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused foreign media outlets and “counterrevolutionary” (in other words, reformist) news sites of “attempting to introduce the idea that the IRGC is hawkish” in recent weeks.

“Some have written that Iran has reached an impasse, and that some military and IRGC commanders are looking for war [with Israel and the US] as a way out this impasse,” Javani wrote. “The IRGC and IRGC commanders do not seek war but are practicing a strategy of military deterrence against those enemies that threaten Iran.”

In his article, Javani reveals insights into the Guards’ thoughts regarding Iran’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric toward Israel and the US over Iran’s nuclear program.

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