Iran: Trump Decision Could Bring 'Crushing' Response

Randolph Lopez
October 12, 2017

"America's behaviour has frustrated the world", said Iran's army spokesman Masoud Jazayeri, according to the semi-official ISNA agency.

Trump is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization.

"The IRGC is not just a military unit, but it has been in the hearts of the (Iranian) people and has defended our national interests in all times of danger", he stressed.

Therefore, he added, the U.S. has every right to be angry with the IRGC.

USA media reports indicate President Donald Trump may designate the Guards as a terrorist organization as part of a larger strategy to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

"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.

Since assuming office, Trump has sought to boost relations with Iran's regional foes, Israel and Saudi Arabia, which had shown signs of wear under former President Barack Obama.

"Congress didn't ask the president to designate the full IRGC", according to one veteran Middle East policy advisor who lobbies Congress on Iran sanctions. "They're wrong and if they stay wrong, lawmakers will eventually make it an oversight issue".

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Following the reports, the IRGC chief warned that it may equate U.S. troops to Islamic State terrorists "if the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government".

"If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a reciprocal measure", Zarif said, adding, "Some measures have been thought out in this regard and will be taken at the appropriate time". "The United States retains the authority to respond to Iran's support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and destabilizing activities".

Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for USA lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran.

He added that the USA would have to move its military bases outside the 2,000km range of Iran's missiles.

Remaining committed to the deal is tantamount to saving their own face, the Iranian president said.

The remarks by Rouhani comes as President Donald Trump is expected to declare this week the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"The Iranian regime is already on notice for being the world's largest state-sponsor of terror, and it would be wise for them to back down from their belligerent posture", Duffy added.

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