0117 GMT January 16, 2019
Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC for Political Affairs Brigadier General Yadollah Javani told Tasnim News Agency that Pompeo's remarks "indicate that he has been sleeping over the past 40 years and is unaware of what has happened during these years in the world and the region."
The newly appointed top US diplomat devoted his first major foreign policy speech on Monday to condemning Iran saying it has expanded its foothold in the region.
"Iran has been present in Iraq and Syria at the invitation of the legitimate governments of these countries, and sided with the regional nations based on the common interests of the countries," Javani said.
"If anyone should leave the region, it would be the meddlesome US, which has done nothing but damaging the region during these years," he continued.
Today, both the Syrian people and government regard the US presence in their country as “illegal and illegitimate”, the commander added.
Pompeo said Washington would increase the financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refuses to change the course of its foreign and domestic policies.
Speaking a few weeks after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Pompeo laid out 12 tough conditions for any "new deal" with Tehran. The conditions included the withdrawal of Iran's military advisers from Syria.
Since Syria was gripped by war and terrorism in March 2011, Iran has remained a close ally of the country and supported its legitimate government in the face of terrorist groups, which are mostly supported by the US and its regional allies.
The Iraqi government has always hailed Iran's support for Baghdad against terrorism. The Daesh terrorist had captured northern and western Iraq in summer 2014, after seizing territories in Syria.