Revolutionary Guards head Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari.
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Iran has prevented “the Zionist regime’s expansion in the region,” the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Maj.- Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said.
“Now, Islamic Iran doesn’t allow the Zionist regime’s expansion in the region and it is considered as the opposite point of the Zionist regime,” Jafari said as he addressed the public in Isfahan province on Tuesday, the Fars News Agency reported.
Iran’s enemies have failed in their plots to obstruct the Islamic Revolution, and Iran has become the world’s spiritual superpower, he said.
“Exporting the Islamic Revolution to the world, the country’s full and sustainable security and its pride and honor are the achievements gained as a result of the blood of our martyrs,” he said.
Jafari claimed that all of Israel is within the range of Iranian missiles.
“The [Islamic] Revolution’s missiles, [deployed] in north and south [of the country], cover the entire occupied territories,” he said, according to Press TV.
Last week, Mohsen Ghomi, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, “Confronting Israel is the common goal of all Muslim countries,” according to Fars.
“We should imagine a world where there will be no US, Israel, Wahhabism and Islamic State and we should make use of the youth’s potentials to this end,” Ghomi said during an address in Mashhad, in northeastern Iran.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Iran’s parliament warned Saudi Arabia in a statement against executing prominent Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
“The death sentence issued by the Saudi judiciary officials for Ayatollah Sheikh Baqir al-Nimr as a religious scholar who is much respected and enjoys a special position among the Muslim world clerics has created a wave of sadness and concern in Islamic states, especially among Shi’ite and Sunni clerics and scholars, and execution of this verdict will no doubt have vast negative consequences,” the parliament said, Fars reported.
Nimr was sentenced to death last week; he backed Shi’ite protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia in February 2011.
Nimr was detained in July 2012 after demonstrations in Qatif district, home to many of the Sunni-ruled country’s Shi’ite minority. Nimr has been the most prominent cleric calling for more rights for the Shi’ite minority and is accused by the government of helping to instigate the unrest.
Reuters contributed to this report.