Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran Guard Chief Warns US Against Imposing New Sanctions

Iran Guard Chief Warns US Against Imposing New Sanctions

The IRGC Commander's remarks came after the Financial Times reported that Trump is expected to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization next week as part of a new hardline strategy against the Islamic Republic.

Reuters cited anonymous sources as suggesting Mr. Trump's threats to ditch the nuclear deal may have inspired Tehran to reconsider aspects of its missile activity, which Washington and its allies say violates existing U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Jafari rejected the idea of negotiating with the US over regional issues and said if the United States designates the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group, the Guard - which has suffered significant casualties fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq - will also consider the USA army a terrorist group.

The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack USA military bases in the region.

"As we've announced in the past, if the USA new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 kilometer range of Iran's missiles", the major general remarked.

"If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world, particularly in the Middle East", Jafari said. They include sites in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan.

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Tehran has warned it may begin to equate U.S. forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.

Jafari noted that the U.S.is following the "wrong path" if it thinks it could pressure Iran into negotiating on regional issues.

Foreign Minister Zarif added that in realty, the region is suffering from mistaken policies of the United States and Iran is confronting terrorism and Takfiri groups and will continue its policies in this framework and realities in the region are gradually enlightened for other world countries.

Jafari was responding to plans by the United States administration to target Iran's affiliates, with a focus on the Revolutionary Guards.

If he does decide to maintain the nuclear deal, he is nonetheless expected to sharpen U.S. responses to Iranian missile tests, Tehran's alleged support for "terrorism" and its cyber operations.

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