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Iran to reciprocate USA measures against IRGC: Foreign Minister

12 October 2017

The Trump administration will not commit to designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, Iran's elite fighting force, as terrorists, despite a congressional mandate to do so by the end of the month, according to multiple USA officials and other administration insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon that holdovers from the Obama administration are working to stymie the effort.

"The Guards are the defender of the nation", government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters.

The White House plans to unveil its "overall Iran strategy" this week, ending the mystery as to whether U.S. President Donald Trump will decertify an worldwide deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program, according to officials. "Iran's reaction would be firm, decisive, and crushing, and the USA should bear all its consequences", the Guardian quotes ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi as saying Monday.

Analysts say such a move would have a very limited impact on the Guards, who are already subject to a wide range of sanctions.

The IRGC commander pointed out that diplomatic discourse is distinct from the discourse of defense forces, but their contents and orientations are the same.

He said: "If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American Army to be like ISIS all around the world, particularly in the Middle East".

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He added that the United States approaches have frustrated people across the world, saying, "It is time to teach the United States new lessons".

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.

US President Donald Trump is expected on October 15 to "decertify" a landmark 2015 global deal about Iran's nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He must decide by Sunday whether to recertify the agreement, but is widely expected to declare Iran non-compliant with it, which would require Congress to make a decision on re-imposing sanctions.

"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. "It's time America be taught new lessons".

Elsewhere, Major General Jafari had asserted that Iran plans to resolve regional problems somewhere other than the negotiation table as nothing remains to be said nor anyone to negotiate with.

Iran to reciprocate USA measures against IRGC: Foreign Minister