Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah conducted a televised speech on Wednesday in commemoration of the Wounded Resistance Fighters Day.
The speech touched on several topics, but the primary focus appeared to be the recent U.S. designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist group”.
“You are living witnesses… After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, this day was devoted a day for the Guards of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I announce this day a tribute to the wounded of the resistance, (…) a tribute to prisoners; prisoners who were and are still in captivity.”
“What we have of security and peace were established by our martyrs, our captives and our wounded. Terrorists, devils and conspirators are not entitled to come to Lebanon and rave about how we owe them our stability and peace,” Nasrallah maintained.
“America is not only supportive of terrorism; the US administration is terrorist, its mindset is terrorist, its practices are terrorist, and we stand in the face of this terrorist whose greatest manifestations was the massacre of Hiroshima,” he said.
“America is humiliating an entire nation for the sake of Israel, (…) deeming as terrorists the defenders of the land, the sanctities and the dignities. This is the epitome of insolence and stupidity,” the Hezbollah chief went on to say, touching on USA’s “audacity” to have depicted the Revolutionary Guard terrorists.
“Classifying an official military force recognized by the world as terrorist is indeed a precedent,” he argued.
“The classification of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation, and placing it on the list of terrorist organisations, has a precedent,” Hezbollah leader said, adding that this move is an “expression of arrogance.”
He then said that Americans “are the head of terrorism, they are the supporters of terrorism and the basis of terrorism, and then they classify honest resistance fighters as terrorists.”
“They [Americans] seek to reformulate the Middle East, and their subordinates have helped them [interfere] in the region. However, our people and some peoples have stood up to this project and defeated it. We do not feel weak; putting us on the list of terrorism is proof enough that we are strong. Had we been unable to face their projects, they would not have put restrictions on us,” Nasrallah corroborated.
“They have made this unprecedented step of putting the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on the list of terrorism because the latter is the central, most powerful, most important and most influential force. This reflects the disappointment of US President Donald Trump and that of the Americans,” he said.
“It is our right and our moral duty to confront all those whose actions can threaten our people, our country or our resistance. Naturally, our arms are extended and our options are many, but at the right time and when there is any action that urges a reaction there will be just the right reaction,” he warned.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is designating Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “foreign terrorist organisation.”