Iran's diplomatic front backs IRGC in warning United States over sanctions


"We hope the U.S. administration would not make such strategic mistake and stop continuing on its wrong path".

One of the strongest arguments for formally designating the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization is that it would stymie the IRGC's effort to take control of most of Iran's economy, an agenda deceptively labeled "privatization" by the Iranian theocracy.

"As we have announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move its regional bases outside the 2,000 km radius of the Iranian missiles' range", the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

The statement came a day after IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said if the U.S. goes on with its decision, it would not be immune to Iranian missiles.

Jafari further threatened American bases with missile attacks, saying that, if the US designates the IRGC as terrorists, America will be obliged to move its bases outside the range of IRGC missiles.

The reaction followed after the American media reported that United States president Donald Trump meant to decertify Iranian Nuclear Deal and introduce a broader, "more confrontational" strategy on Iran.

Individuals and entities associated with the guards are already on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist bodies, but the Revolutionary Guards organization as a whole is not.

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"If they do, Iran's reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences", he added.

Trump is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist organization, as he rolls out a broader USA strategy on Iran. United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implements the nuclear deal, calls on Iran not to develop ballistic missiles.

The nuclear agreement (also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) was signed in 2015 between Tehran and 6 world powers - United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

The deal emerged after about two years of negotiations under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama to roll back Tehran's nuclear program in return for the removal of worldwide sanctions. But, like North Korea, the Iranians aren't that stupid.

Washington says that Iran's missile programme, mainly conducted by the IRGC, is threatening the regional and worldwide peace.

France said on Monday it was anxious that designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist group could exacerbate tensions in the region, and appeared to urge Tehran to show restraint.