Gov't Spokesman: US Would Aid Terror by Targeting IRGC

Kristopher Drake
October 12, 2017

"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 U.S. government has sanctioned individuals and entities with ties to the Guard in the past, including a special forces unit in 2007.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smile during a coordination meeting for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran October 9, 2017.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top Iranian offical, appeared to suggest military options were being considered. "Iran's reaction would be firm, decisive, and crushing, and the USA should bear all its consequences", the Guardian quotes ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi as saying Monday.

"So by taking a stance against the Revolutionary Guards and designating it a terrorist group, the Americans would be joining the terrorists' camp", Nobakht said. "Of course some measures have been planned which we will announce in due time", he added.

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

Trump is expected to decertify a landmark 2015 deal Iran struck with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

It is widely expected that Trump will not recertify Iran, saying it is no longer in the USA national interest, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

"If the USA wants to make its next mistake by taking any measure against the IRGC, then that will be a grave mistake", he noted, adding that the IRGC is not just a military organization, but a body that Iranian people love and has always defended the country's national interests during days of danger.

Neither the State Department or White House would confirm to the Free Beacon plans to follow through with this designation, prompting speculation that the process may be held up over objections by Obama-era holdovers in the Trump administration who view the move as a shot at dismantling the former president's nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, the Iranian army vowed it would teach Washington "new lessons" to make it "understand the new meaning of power in the world", according to the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri.

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