Iran: Trump Decision Could Bring 'Crushing' Response

Iran: US forces in danger if White House tags country's military as terror group

"The Guards are the defender of the nation", government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters.

Trump is also expected to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, as he rolls out a broader, more hawkish U.S. strategy on Iran. "If the USA wants to put the Guards on the terrorist list, it puts itself in the camp of terrorists".

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top Iranian offical, appeared to suggest military options were being considered.

Analysts say such a move would have a very limited impact on the Guards, who are already subject to a wide range of sanctions.

But on Monday Bahram Qasemi, a spokesperson for Iran's foreign ministry, hit back, saying he was hopeful the U.S. would not make such a "strategic mistake".

The IRGC commander pointed out that diplomatic discourse is distinct from the discourse of defense forces, but their contents and orientations are the same.

"So by taking a stance against IRGC and designating it a terrorist group, the Americans would be joining the terrorists' camp", he added.


He added that the U.S. approaches have frustrated people across the world, saying, "It is time to teach the USA new lessons".

"If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic republic of Iran will definitely take a reciprocal action".

Trump has repeatedly bashed a deal signed past year by Iran and leading world powers curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

If Trump refuses to certify, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the U.S. has agreed to waive under the deal.

"If the U.S. wants to make its next mistake by taking any measure against the IRGC, then that will be a grave mistake", he noted, adding that the IRGC is not just a military organization, but a body that Iranian people love and has always defended the country's national interests during days of danger. "It's time America be taught new lessons".

"It seems the Trump administration understands nothing but expletives and needs some shocks to learn the new concept of power in today's world", Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week his final decision on how he wants to contain Iran's regional influence.

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