Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has threatened European countries that the Islamic Republic can target them by increasing the range of its weapons.
In remarks in the southern city of Abadan on Monday, the IRGC commander Hossein Salami said Europe is a pioneer in imposing sanctions against the Iranian people, and European countries have become a place for gatherings of “anti-Iranian separatists and fugitives”.
“We have the ability to increase the range of weapons and strike them seriously, but we have not yet done so,” he added.
“We warn them. The lives of Europeans depend on oil and security, and they should be careful and not endanger themselves.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Salami stated that Westerners have done everything they could against Iran, but they must know that “we have found our way and our will is to create security, but the Europeans should be careful and not abuse our [kind] behavior.”
The threats by Salami come in a situation that EU officials are still hesitant to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has said the European Union cannot list Iran's IRGC as a terrorist entity until an EU court has determined that they are.
The European Parliament has called on the EU to list the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist entity, blaming it for the repression of domestic protests and the supply of drones to Russia.