TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri highlighted Washington’s endless hostilities toward the Iranian nation and said the US and its regional stooges annually spend “hundreds of billions of dollars” to hit the Islamic Republic.

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Over the past 40 years, the enemies of the 1979 Islamic Revolution have brought everything that they could to the battlefield and committed any possible conspiracies, including coups, wars, direct threats, spying moves, terrorist activities and so on, but the Iranian nation continued its path better than before, Major General Baqeri said in a speech on Tuesday morning.

“Each year, more than $700 billion is spent by US Armed Forces who do not have proper planning,” he said.

“The United States and its regional stooges like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually on the fight against Islam and the Islamic Revolution,” the top general stated.

“This is while the total expenditure of our Armed Forces amounts to 7 to 8 billion dollars, and with this low cost, we have stood against the enemies, (spending) hundreds of billions of dollars,” Major General Baqeri went on to say.

The remarks came as tensions between Iran and the US have escalated since US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

US officials have repeatedly claimed that they aim to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero.

Following the US exit from the nuclear deal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.

Trump on August 6 signed an executive order re-imposing many sanctions on Iran, three months after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

He said the US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country.

The second batch of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic took effect on November 4.