Alwaght- Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has rejected reports about plans for a joint operation with Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants outside the Iranian borders.
“We have not devised any operation plan outside the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the IRGC Ground Force's Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada base said in a statement on Tuesday.
“But like in the past, we will strongly counter any group, team or individual seeking to infiltrate into the Iranian territory to carry out terrorist or anti-security measures,” the statement red.
It said some terrorist groups based in camps in northern Iraq have been seeking to cause insecurity in Iran in recent years with the logistical support of the enemies of the Islamic Republic; however, they have repeatedly failed to conduct any move and sustained heavy damages.
The IRGC base vowed a “crushing and harsh” response to these groups intending to carry out the slightest move to create insecurity in Iran’s border areas.
Turkey’s President Erdogan said on Monday that a joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurdish militants was "always on the agenda."
“It is always on the agenda to carry out a joint operation with Iran against those terror organizations which pose a threat," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul before a visit to Jordan.
The PKK have militants have launched a series of attacks since 2015, when a fragile peace process with the government collapsed.
The group has led a separatist insurgency since 1984. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since then.