IRGC Commander: Iran not to negotiate with USA on regional issues

by Garry Watts October 9, 2017, 0:21
IRGC Commander: Iran not to negotiate with USA on regional issues

Iranian authorities have sent a note of warning to the U.S. stating that American regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were imposed on Tehran.

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

Jafari also mentioned that if the USA slaps on new sanctions, it would be smart for the U.S.to "transfer its regional bases to 2,000km away, that is as far as the range of Iranian missiles".

Major General Jaafari finally warned that any fresh U.S. sanctions on Iran would ruin any chance of interaction forever, saying the new sanctions, together with the United States behavior towards the JCPOA, lay bare that the USA employs negotiations as a tool to press ahead with pressures and hostility, not to interact or solve the issues.

Trump has railed against the multi-party deal, achieved by his predecessor Barack Obama, and appears ready to pull out of it.

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On Thursday, Trump accused Tehran of violating the "spirit" of the landmark nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limiting Iran's nuclear program for fifteen years in exchange for easing pre-existing sanctions.

The anti-US parliamentary measure provides for a multimillion-dollar boost in spending on Tehran's missile program and IRGC's overseas operations.

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.

The remarks, carried by Iran's Tasnim news agency, came following reports that the United States could blacklist the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group as part of a broad new strategy for dealing with the Islamic Republic to be announced by President Donald Trump.

During a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last month, Iranian diplomats told the USA and others that "it could discuss the missile program to remove concerns", an Iranian source with knowledge of the meeting told Reuters.


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