Iran Guard chief warns USA against imposing new sanctions

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump
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09 October, 2017

He said any additional sanctions would end the chances for future dialogue with the United States.

US President Donald Trump appears to be retracting from his campaign pledge to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, instead aiming to take other measures against Iran and its affiliates.

Iran is warning the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and says USA regional military bases will be at risk if new sanctions are passed.

Iran has denounced the sanctions as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal and retaliated with a parliamentary bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions".

The US administration has imposed several rounds of sanctions against Iran over the past months claiming that Iran has not observed the spirit of the nuclear deal Oswald two years ago.

But the sources said that given Trump's threats to ditch the deal reached under President Barack Obama, Tehran had approached the powers about possible talks on its missile program.

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"America's conduct proved that we can not develop our foreign relations by exclusively relying on JCPOA", Jafari said, using an abbreviation that stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the accord.

"The Americans need to know that we will use the Trump administration's stupid conduct as an opportunity to advance our conventional missile program", he added.

Jafari's warning came two days after White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders said Trump will announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, alleged support for terrorism and cyber operations as part of his new broader Iran strategy.

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.

The IRGC Commander's remarks came after the Financial Times reported that Trump is expected to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization next week as part of a new hardline strategy against the Islamic Republic.

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


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