Also acknowledging Iran’s involvement in Iraq and Syria, and how he has placed the country’s economy at the disposal of such meddling, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, according to Fars news agency on July 11th, “We supported the people of Iraq and Syria while being under the harshest of conditions… Who provides the salary and weapons of these people? All the weapons Iraq needed… and who provided the money while being under sanctions? It is the same about Syria. A missile has been fired from our soil and targeted the terrorists’ center… however, who designed and built this missile? The government built this missile, the Defense Ministry built this missile… who provided the money? The government’s economic branch is providing the money… a major effort was carried out [during my first term].”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article on July 13th saying, “These remarks prove once again how despite their increasing power struggle, the Iranian regime’s various factions by no means differ in exporting terrorism, fundamentalist and warmongering. Until this regime is in power the mullahs will never forgo their meddling in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Bahrain. This is an inseparable branch of the mullahs’ survival strategy. Designating the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, and expelling this entity and their proxies from the region is a necessity in establishing peace and stability across the Middle East.”