World War 3: Iran warns US of ‘CRUSHING’ response if Trump labels Guards a terrorist group

Monday, October 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

IRAN has promised to give a “crushing” response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.

Express.co.uk
Mon, Oct 9, 2017

The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how he wants to contain Tehran.

He is expected on Oct 15 to “decertify” a landmark 2015 international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, a step that by itself stops short of pulling out of the agreement but gives Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

President Trump is also expected to designate Iran’s most powerful security force, the Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation, as he rolls out a broader U.S. strategy on Iran.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA at a news conference: “We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake.

“If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences.”

Individuals and entities associated with the IRGC are already on the US list of foreign terrorist organisations, but the organisation as a whole is not.

IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday “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 Islamic State all around the world”.

Mr Jafari also said that additional sanctions would end the chances for future dialogue with the US and that the Americans would have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km (1,250 mile) range of IRGC’s missiles.

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