Iran decides for Hezbollah says disarming it is out of the question, arms issue not-negotiable

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari . September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari . September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting “ceasefire” there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday.

Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran, whose rivalry has wrought upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia has accused the heavily armed Iran-backed Hezbollah of helping Houthi forces in Yemen and playing a role in a ballistic missile attack on the kingdom earlier this month. Iran and Hezbollah both denied the claims.

Iranian state television quoted Jafari as saying: “Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable.”

Iran denies giving financial and military support to the Houthis in the struggle for Yemen, blaming the deepening crisis on Riyadh. “Iran only provides advisory and spiritual assistances to Yemen … and this help will continue,” he said.

Jafari also praised the success of Iranian allies across the region, hailing a “resistance front” from Tehran to Beirut and calling on Riyadh to avoid confronting this grouping.

“We directly deal with global arrogance and Israel not with their emissaries… That is why we do not want to have direct confrontation with Saudi Arabia,” he said. The term global arrogance refers to the United States.

LUCRATIVE REWARDS

Hezbollah flag left and Pāsdārān (Army of Guardians) of the Islamic Revolution, often called Revolutionary Guards R. Hezbollah is part of the Qods force which in turn is the foreign arm of Pasadran.
Hezbollah flag left and Pāsdārān (Army of Guardians) of the Islamic Revolution, often called Revolutionary Guards R.
Hezbollah is part of the Qods force which in turn is the foreign arm of Pasadran.

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed on Wednesday to help support a full-scale political process in Syria and announced an agreement to sponsor a conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi to try to end Syria’s civil war.

“The guards are ready to play an active role in establishing a lasting ceasefire in Syria … and reconstruction of the country,” Jafari said.

Iran has signed large economic contracts with Syria, reaping what appear to be lucrative rewards for helping Tehran’s main regional ally President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against rebel groups and Islamic State militants.

“In meetings with the (Iran) government, it was agreed that the Guards were in a better position to help Syria’s reconstruction … the preliminary talks already have been held with the Syrian government over the issue,” Jafari said

Jafari repeated Iran’s stance on its disputed ballistic missile work, saying the Islamic Republic’s missile program is for defensive purposes and not up for negotiation.

The program was not part of the 2015 nuclear deal with Western powers under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions.

“Iran will not negotiate its defensive program … there will be no talks about it,” he said.

“(French president Emmanuel) Macron’s remarks over our missile work is because he is young and inexperienced.”

Macron said earlier this month that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program.

REUTERS

 

  • Arzna

    How shameful for Lebanon. “Iran decides for Hezbollah”. In other words Hezbollah is not Lebanese What kind of dialogue can we have in Lebanon if Hezbollah’s decision has to come from Tehran . After all Iran’s Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari is the boss of Nasrallah’s boss Qassem Suleimani . I heard rumors that if Hezbollah insists on keeping its arms, other Lebanese groups who gave up their arms in 1990 will rearm themselves which could lead to a huge mess , possibly another civil war in Lebanon

    • Rascal

      And why not a sunni militia for their protection, or any of the other religious sects? It sound like another civil war brewing.
      This is more proof that Southern Lebanon is an independent Iranian colony. I guess Lebanon will have to wait till Iran declares the laws for the Lebanese government so they can claim what is left that the Iranians don’t already claim. Poor stupid Christians have sleep-walked into their own Iranian occupation now they just have to follow the orders from Tehran. The Islamic Republic of Lebanon has been realized. Good luck with fighting your next Iranian war, it is only a matter of time.
      This must make all the Iranian bag-lickers happy.

      • Hind Abyad

        Drama queen.. oufff.

    • Hind Abyad

      ‘Rana Harbi @RanaHarbi
      A proud Lebanese, Journalist, Vocal, Fast Blocker #جنوب_لبنان
      Beirut-Lebanon.
      The conflict in Yemen is NOT sectarian. It is 100% political. Framing it in sectarian terms means you’re either ignorant of the history/geography of Yemen, or you’re purposefully lying and this is politically-motivated propaganda.’

      • Rascal

        Ahh, just redirection is your game. No comment on Iran’s new Lebanese colony it controls?
        Yemen has no bearing on Lebanon, except for the Iranian involvement. Hezbollah minions are programmed to believe that shiite. Bunch of qat chewing shiite terrorists.

        • Hind Abyad

          ???

    • Hind Abyad

      “Hezbollah is not Lebanese” is inaccurate at least historically.

      “Shia Islam in Lebanon has a history of more than a millennium.
      According to CIA study, Lebanese Shia Muslims constitute 27% of lebanon’s population of approximately 4.3 million, which means they amount to 1,160,000.[1] According to other sources the Lebanese Shia Muslims constitute approximately 50% of the entire population (or 2.0 million out of a total population of 4 million).[2][4] Most of its adherents live in the northern and western area of the Beqaa Valley, Southern Lebanon and Beirut’s southern suburbs. The great majority of Shia Muslims in Lebanon are Twelvers, with an Alawite minority numbering in the tens of thousands in north Lebanon. Few Ismailis remain in Lebanon today, though the quasi-Muslim Druze sect, which split from Ismailism around a millennium ago, has hundreds of thousands of adherents.
      Under the terms of an unwritten agreement known as the National Pact between the various political and religious leaders of Lebanon, Shias are
      the only sect eligible for the post of Speaker of Parliament.[5][6][7][8]” Wikipedant.

  • Hind Abyad

    “Rana Harbi‏ @RanaHarbi

    Lebanese President Michel Aoun just taught Saudi Arabia’s reckless kid Mohamad
    Bin Salman and his outsized ego, a lesson ????????
    By boycotting the “Arab League”, bringing back our PM from Saudi, Lebanon made
    it crystal clear to Gulf Arabs that they can’t mess with us anymore ????????”

    • Rainbow Sponge

      Lebanon started it by firing a missile at Saudi Arabia.

  • master09

    Let’s have every political group with their own army, now that’s s great idea. I think that’s called the Mafia.

  • Danny Farah

    Let’s see what the Pro Hezbollah have anything to say about this one? Do Nussrallah the fearless leader of the group will oppose this? i bet your bottom dollar he will keep it zipped and tightly sealed. However if the Lebanese say it he will cut off their arms. And when will Basil condemn such blatant violations by Iranian Officials. I imagine the imbecile will dare not.