Will treat United States troops like 'Daesh' if blacklisted: Iran's IRGC

Iran reportedly open to talking about ballistic missile arsenal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the United States 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 U.S. president designates the IRGC as a terrorist group in his new strategy.

In case the United States imposes fresh sanctions, they will have to relocate the USA regional bases out of the reach of Iran's missiles, state media quoted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander as saying.

The U.S. has numerous military bases within 500 kilometers (310 miles) of Iran, namely in countries like Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.

US President Donald Trump also accused Iran of supporting terrorism and vowed to "put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions".

Jaafari cautioned the United States government of the dire consequences of imposing new sanction against Iran.

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.

Tehran has warned it may begin to equate USA 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.

He said such moves by the USA will eliminate "any chance for engagement forever".

Iran's Republican Guards Corps chief General Mohammed Ali Jafari said warned Washington that altering the status quo between the two hostile powers will eliminate "any chance for engagement forever".

US President Donald Trump will announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday.

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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