Iran: Revolutionary Guard Vow to Designate US Army as Equivalent to ISIS

They form part of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act passed in August which relates to Iran, Russia and North Korea.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari criticized Washington Sunday amid the reports about US President Donald Trump's plan to place additional sanctions on Tehran and designate the IRGC a terrorist group.

In case the United States imposes fresh sanctions, they will have to relocate the USA regional bases out of the reach of Iran's missiles, state media quoted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander as saying.

Jafari who also warned against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist by the U.S., said that additional sanctions would end the chances for future dialogue with America.

US President Donald Trump campaigned against the nuclear deal with Iran and vowed to abandon it if elected. "There is nothing to negotiate and no [reliable] party to negotiate with", Jafari said.

Two months ago, the Iranian parliament gave approval for a bill to boost spending on Tehran's missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation to new sanctions imposed by the United States.

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

"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.

A senior US administration official told Financial Times that President Donald Trump will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization some time this week.

"We will use any silly behavior by the Trump administration as an opportunity to advance our defensive and missile programs", Jafari said during a meeting of the IRGC strategic council.

The Qods Force and individuals and entities associated with IRGC are on the list, but the organization as a whole is not.

Iran's ballistic missile program has triggered the discontent and concerns of other states, in particular, the United States.

  • Jon Douglas