Iran Warns US Over Potential Terror Designation of Its Guards

Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baker Nobakht

Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baker Nobakht

"If America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000-kilometer range of Iran's missiles", Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps or IRGC, told state-run media Monday.

The warning came after the White House said that President Donald Trump would announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday Tehran would give a "firm, decisive and crushing" response, if the United States goes ahead with the plan to target IRGC. "If the United States wants to put the Guards on the terrorist list, it puts itself in the camp of terrorists".

On Monday night, there was the rare sight of Iran's urbane, globe-trotting foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, alongside Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari appearing together for reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran.

The IRGC commander pointed out that diplomatic discourse is distinct from the discourse of defense forces, but their contents and orientations are the same.

The administration may be getting cold feet due to the objections of key USA officials and those in the Treasury Department who view such a designation as harmful to American companies that have business interests in Iran, where the IRGC controls a majority of the economy, sources said.

"We are all integrated and standing in the same line", he underlined, adding that the resistant nation of Iran will stand against plots.

President Trump is expected to announce shortly an overall Iran strategy, including whether his administration will decertify Iran's compliance with the landmark Iran nuclear deal reached in 2015.

Trump's announcement would stop short of pulling out of the agreement but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

"The IRGC is not just a military unit, but it has been in the hearts of the (Iranian) people and has defended our national interests in all times of danger", he stressed. "It is time to teach them a new lesson". Apparently, the Trump government does not understand anything but insults and needs shocks to realise the new concept of power in today's world. According to reports, the USA president plans to declare that the nuclear deal is not in the national interest of the United States and kick the issue to a reluctant Congress.

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