Sunday, 27 September, 2020

Iran warns United States against imposing new sanctions and 'terror' designation

Christy Curtis | 09 October, 2017, 00:59

Iran will consider the United States Army as equivalent to the Islamic State militant organization if Washington designates its Revolutionary Guard's Corps a terrorist group, the commander of the Guards Mohammad Ali Jafari reportedly said Sunday.

Jafari also mentioned that if the US slaps on new sanctions, it would be smart for the U.S.to "transfer its regional bases to 2,000km away, that is as far as the range of Iranian missiles".

He stressed that if new sanctions are imposed on Iran, the chance for any interaction will be lost forever.

The move to target Iranian organizations allows Trump to show he is not easing the pressure against the Islamic Republic, even though the nuclear deal he has long criticized may continue. "There is nothing to negotiate and no [reliable] party to negotiate with", Jafari said.

But the sources said that given Trump's threats to ditch the deal reached under President Barack Obama, Tehran had approached the powers about possible talks on its missile program.

He warned that the Islamic Republic would move to step up its defensive military power in response to Trump's hostile stance on the action plan.

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This leaves Moscow aligned with Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran, whose influence Riyadh fears is growing in the region. At the same time, Saudi Arabia continues to present itself as a regional and worldwide player that is indispensable.

The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, support for what Washington calls Tehran's support for "terrorism" as part of his new Iran strategy.

Washington should know that Iran will use the opportunity provided by (US Presdient) Donald Trump Administration's lunatic conduct of the JCPOA to boost its missile program as well as it regional and conventional defense plans, Jaafari said.

The Quds Force, the IRGC's foreign espionage and paramilitary wing, and individuals and entities associated with the IRGC are on the USA list of foreign terrorist organisations, but the organisation as a whole is not.

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.

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

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