Iran says 'all options are on table' if USA blacklists Revolutionary Guards

Katrina Barker
October 12, 2017

According to the spokesman, the U.S. shouldn't pressure Iran while negotiating regional issues.

Iran said Tuesday that the United States would be siding with the Islamic State group if it designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. In response, Iran has increased its program's funding.

The Iranian commander added that the country has considered serious plans to counter United States aggressive policies.

The warning came after the White House said that President Donald Trump would announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy.

Trump has long criticized the Iranian nuclear pact.

"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.

These same voices are continuing to advise Trump against decertifying Iranian compliance with the deal, despite the president's personal belief that the Islamic Republic has flagrantly violated what he has repeatedly described as a bad deal. "They're wrong and if they stay wrong, lawmakers will eventually make it an oversight issue".

The measures by US President Donald Trump will fuel the disarray within the country, Rouhani said, adding that if Washington decides to withdraw from the nuclear deal, it will become more apparent to the (US) people that it is a big loss for them.

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

The aide went on to accuse Washington of supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISISISIL) terrorists.

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

A Treasury Department official did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Jafari says the USA would have to move its military bases in the region outside the 1,250-mile range of the Revolutionary Guards' missiles.

Zarif's remarks came a few days before the United States president's expected announcement of a final decision on his Iran strategy.

Iran says the nuclear deal does not require it to restrict its missile program.

"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.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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