Iran's reactions to Saudi empty talk covert but painful: IRGC chief
The top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) says the Aal-e Saud regime's empty talk against Iran does not go unanswered, and that Tehran's reactions to such hostile behavior are "covert but painful."
According to Press TV, asked by reporters about Saudi Arabia's belligerent rhetoric against Iran on the sidelines of a ceremony on Thursday, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said such rants are out of Riyadh's anger at the Islamic Republic's gains in the region.
"Iran's numerous successes in the region -- especially in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon -- has thrown Al Saud into intense confusion, and it is seeking to give [Iran] a response with such passive moves," said Jafari.
Iran's regional role, he added, irks Riyadh's rulers as it has led to "the awakening of nations in the region" and boosted the resistance movement.
The IRGC chief, however, said Riyadh's behavior does not remain unanswered.
The Islamic Republic's "responses to this regime are not mainly reflected in media or publicized and remain covert and hidden, but they are painful for them."
Elsewhere in his comments, Jafari highlighted the peace talks underway on the Syria situation and said "the Syrian government has asked Iran to station units of peacekeepers in Idlib and northwest of Aleppo Province."
"There are currently no clashes in Syria, and a limited [number of] units are set to be deployed as peacekeepers to this region," he added.
The IRGC chief commander also played down the US's hostile campaign against the Islamic Republic and said sanctions are "the last tool" in Washington's hands for exerting pressure on the Iranian nation.
He reassured that the fresh wave of sanctions against Iran are doomed to failure like Washington's previous round of such bans.
“The US’s authority and dignity is on the decline, and the day will come, much sooner than expected, for the full elimination of this satanic power,” said the senior general.
“The US four decades ago could not do any damn thing [against Iran], let alone today’s America that is on the decline,” he added.