Iran warns USA against imposing new sanctions and 'terror' designation

Monday, 09 Oct, 2017

Jafari also said that Washington is on "the wrong route" in attempting to pressure Iran into negotiations on regional issues, and said that new sanctions would only "eliminate the chance" for talks.

The IRGC chief warned on Sunday that if Donald Trump's administration designates the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as a terrorist organization then the IRGC will consider the US troops like Daesh.

Speaking at the strategic council meeting of IRGC, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari gave an accounts of American's aggressive actions against Iran within the past months and stated "as we've stated before, if United States new sanctions are implemented, the country must remove their regional bases from within the 2000 kilometer radius of Iran's missile range".

"He's looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran, not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilizing of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear program", she said. "There is nothing to negotiate and no [reliable] party to negotiate with", Jafari said.

The historic agreement came out of over 18 months of talks between Iran and its arch-foe, the United States, and the other five powers to end a decade-long dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

According to the state broadcaster IRIB, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America".

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Trump has railed against the multi-party deal, achieved by his predecessor Barack Obama, and appears ready to pull out of it.

"America's conduct proved that we can not develop our foreign relations by exclusively relying on JCPOA", Jafari said, using an abbreviation that stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the accord.

"The Americans should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will use the Trump administration's stupid behaviour as an opportunity to enhance its conventional missile, regional, and defensive programs", General Jafari underlined.

Jafari also warned that if the USA declared the Guard a terrorist group, Iran would give the USA army the same label.

The warning comes as US President Trump is expected to announce his new Iran policy in the coming days.

Washington says that Iran's missile program is threatening the regional and worldwide peace.