Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Iranian General: Law Designating Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group Violates Nuke Deal

Iranian General: Law Designating Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group Violates Nuke Deal

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson described the USA presidential plan to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps a terrorist group "a strategic mistake" and called on the wise, moderate Americans to stop the hostile move.

During a press conference Monday, Qasemi said that such a declaration would be a "strategic mistake", as quoted by Iran's Tasnim news agency.

France said on Monday it was anxious that designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist group could exacerbate tensions in the region, and appeared to urge Tehran to show restraint.

"As we've announced in the past, if the United States new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles", the general stated.

Individuals and entities associated with the IRGC are already on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, but the organization as a whole is not.

The warning came days before US President Donald Trump announces a much-anticipated foreign policy plan on Iran.

His new Iran strategy is expected to include a terrorist designation for the Revolutionary Guards.

"If they do, Iran's reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences", he continued. Such accusations are, he said, "Iranophobia".

The U.S. administration has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran over the past months, claiming that Iran did not abide by the spirit of the nuclear deal sealed two years ago.

In his first speech to the UN General Assembly in September, Trump called Iran "a corrupt dictatorship", and the nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama "an embarrassment".

Iran, according to Jafari, considers implementation of Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, "equal to America's unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA,"as the nuclear deal is known".

Revolutionary Guard troops are now fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Currently, US military bases are located in countries neighboring Iran, including Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, and Afghanistan, less than 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Iran's borders.

Jafari said if the U.S. enforces the new law, Iran would consider the move as an abrogation of the 2015 nuclear deal and would increase its deterrence, including its missile capability.

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