‘Iran will bolster military until Israel defeated, Palestinians free’

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Iran will continue to bolster its military capabilities until it has defeated Israel and gained freedom for the Palestinians, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander vowed Wednesday.

“They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini as saying. Kazzemeini is the IRGC’s top commander in the Tehran Province.

“We will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, especially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” he said.

Several top Iranian officials have sought to put to rest speculation that the recently signed nuclear deal with world powers would spell a change in the Islamic Republic’s policy toward Israel.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said last month after reopening the British Embassy in Tehran that the Iranian government had displayed a more nuanced approach than its predecessor to the long-running conflict with Israel.

The Iranian Parliament Speaker’s Adviser for International Affairs, Hossein Sheikholeslam, rejected that notion, saying, “Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”