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Iran warns United States against imposing new sanctions and 'terror' designation
October 24 2017, 03:44 | Irvin Gilbert
Iranian Guard will 'treat US Army like IS' if labeled a terror group
The state-run IRNA news agency quoted General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying: "If new sanctions go into effect, the country [US] should move its regional bases to a 2000-kilometer radius, the range of Iranian missiles".
The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard threatened Sunday that if the United States designates the Guard as a terrorist group, it will consider the US Army as equivalent to the Islamic State terror group.
He said that there will be no chance for "interaction" if the USA administration enforces new law for sanctions against Iran.
They form part of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act passed in August which relates to Iran, Russia and North Korea.
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.
Trump has railed against the multi-party deal, achieved by his predecessor Barack Obama, and appears ready to pull out of it.
IRGC commander said America's behavior proves that Iran can't rely on JCPOA to devise its foreign relations, adding that "Americans should know that Iran will take advantage of Trump's ridiculous treatment of JCPOA to advance missile, regional and defensive programs".
The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, support for what Washington calls Tehran's support for "terrorism" as part of his new Iran strategy.
Tehran has warned it may begin to equate U.S. forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.
Notably, the U.S. Treasury Department has already designated the IRGC Qods Force, a wing of the IRGC, a terrorist entity back in 2007, but stopped short of declaring the entire IRGC a terrorist entity.
Washington says that Iran's missile program is threatening the regional and global peace.