Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Hussein Salami, stated that the Corps has no plans to escort the Gaza-bound solidarity ships heading from Tehran.The statement is contrary to a previous statement made by an official of the IRGC who said that the Navy is prepared and ready to escort the solidarity ships in order to protect them from a possible Israeli attack.

Iran initially said that after the deadly Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, it would send its navy to escort solidarity ships sailing from Tehran.

In other news, Salami said that Iran is not concerned about the recent sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic and added that Iran has experienced different sorts of sanctions since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

He added that the sanctions will not significantly impact the Iranian economy as the country, according to Salami, does not depend on interaction with any of the major world powers.