Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed hard-liner Brig-Gen Hossein Salami to become the new head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), it was announced Sunday on Khamenei's official website.

Israel, which Islamic Iran refuses to recognize, backed Trump's move in May to quit a 2015 global deal on Iran's nuclear program and welcomed Washington's reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.

Salami, who is 59 years old, previously served as deputy commander in the Guard. Salami joined the force during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and held a number of posts in its ground, air and naval forces, according to state-run media. The move comes less than two weeks after the United States branded Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "foreign terrorist organisation", adding it to a blacklist.

Irans supreme leader has appointed a new head to the countrys powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the USA designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group. Iran responded by designating the US militarys Central Command as a terrorist organization.

Tehran reacted to the designation, which took effect on April 15, by naming the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) a terrorist organization and the U.S. government a sponsor of terrorism.

In specific threats against Israel, Salami warned that any new war would "result in their termination".

After an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz past year, Salami threatened what he called the "triangle" of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States. While he will not be a policy maker - the Guards answer directly to Khamenei - he will be a high-profile and pugnacious figure as Iran pushes back against new US pressure on the force.

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks at a meeting with a group of Revolutionary Guards and their families, in Tehran on April 9, 2019.

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