Iran Warns of Response to New US Sanctions

Posted October 09, 2017

The hawkish USA president is also expected to announce he will decertify JCPOA in the congressionally mandated quarterly notification on Iran's compliance in the coming days, in a step that could result in the collapse of the pact.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday defended the landmark nuclear deal agreed with Western powers in 2015, insisting that Trump could not undermine it.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has warned the United States against blacklisting their force, saying that Tehran would treat U.S. troops like Daesh terrorists.

"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.

Should the U.S. carry out the so-called Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), it will then have to relocate its regional bases out of the reach of Iran's missiles, which have a range of 2,000, Jaafari said at a high-profile IRGC session on Sunday. They include sites in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan.

The remarks, carried by Iran's Tasnim news agency, came following reports that the United States could blacklist the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group as part of a broad new strategy for dealing with the Islamic Republic to be announced by President Donald Trump.

Revolutionary Guard forces are now fighting "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, and have suffered significant casualties as a result.

"The behavior of the USA toward Iran shows that we can't base our foreign policy on the nuclear agreement alone". There are conflicting reports as to whether he will carry out that pledge but he is expected to unveil his new Iran strategy in the coming days.

Away from CAATSA that puts Iran under presidential executive order 13224 and considers the IRGC as an entity supporting terrorist groups, Gen. Jafari noted reports coming from Washington that the USA president's new strategy intends to designate the IRGC itself as a terrorist organization, and issued a tough warning to Donald Trump, saying, "If reports prove to be true that the stupid U.S. administration intends to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, then the IRGC will also specify the United States army as a group (and target) like ISIL in all parts of the world, specially the Middle-East".