Iran: Revolutionary Guard Vow to Designate US Army as Equivalent to ISIS

Donald Trump addresses United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 19. Defenders of the Iran nuclear deal argue that Trump's team has not thought about how his threats to Tehran especially since Iran has held up its end of the

On Saturday, Iran's president defended the nuclear deal and said not even 10 Donald Trumps can roll back its benefits to Iran.

IRGC Chief-Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari referred to the reports about the USA government's "stupid" move to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization, and said, "If such reports prove true, the IRGC will consider the United States army to be synonymous with ISIS terrorists anywhere in the world, particularly in the Middle East".

The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack USA military bases in the region.

Mohammad Ali Jafari also stated that the United States was wrong about the pressure it put on Iran while negotiating on regional issues, Iran's Tasnim news agency cited the Guards' commander on Sunday.

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

They include financial sanctions on anyone who does business with the Revolutionary Guards, as well as millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the arrest of two operatives from the Iran-backed Lebanese Hizballah movement.




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.

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.

Jafari was responding to plans by the U.S. administration to target Iran's affiliates, with a focus on the Revolutionary Guards.

"He's looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran, not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilizing of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear program", she said.

Jafari's remarks came two days after US President Donald Trump claimed Iran "supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed, and chaos across the Middle East" and suggested it has "not lived up to the spirit of" the nuclear deal.

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