Iran Guard chief warns United States against imposing new sanctions

Jafari also mentioned that if the US slaps on new sanctions, it would be smart for the U.S.to "transfer its regional bases to 2,000km away, that is as far as the range of Iranian missiles".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the U.S. for its hostile policies against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and warned of Tehran's tough response if Washington labels the IRGC as a terrorist group, FARS news reports."It will certainly be a very harsh reaction", Zarif said in response to a question asked by reporters in Tehran on Sunday on how Iran would react if the USA president designates the IRGC as a terrorist group in his new strategy.

In the part that pertains to Iran (also known as Countering Iran's Destabilizing Actions Act or CIDAA), the sanctions act focuses on punishments specifically addressed at the IRGC.

A top military commander said Iran would never be compelled by the U.S. sanctions to relinquish its regional role and they will only strengthen its resolve to push ahead with its regional operations and defensive missile program.

The new Iran policy also follows reports that Trump will soon announce a decision to "de-certify" the landmark deal on Iran's nuclear program, opening the door for the re-implementation of crippling economic sanctions.

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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.

"We will use any silly behavior by the Trump administration as an opportunity to advance our defensive and missile programs", Jafari said during a meeting of the IRGC strategic council.

If he does decide to maintain the nuclear deal, he is nonetheless expected to sharpen USA responses to Iranian missile tests, Tehran's alleged support for "terrorism" and its cyber operations.

But Trump is expected to announce new measures against Iran, including the prospect of additional targeted sanctions, the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization and the adoption of a tougher stance on Iranian proxies in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Iran's ballistic missile program has triggered the discontent and concerns of other states, in particular, the United States.


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