Trump Admin Will Not Commit to Designating IRGC as Terror Group

Trump Admin Will Not Commit to Designating IRGC as Terror Group

Trump Admin Will Not Commit to Designating IRGC as Terror Group

Zarif's remarks came a few days before the U.S. president's expected announcement of a final decision on his Iran strategy.

Iran's nuclear deal with world major powers was a "big test" for all signatories and other states in the world, as keeping promise is the base of world trust in a state, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, APA reported citing IRNA.

The Trump administration will not commit to designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, Iran's elite fighting force, as terrorists, despite a congressional mandate to do so by the end of the month, according to multiple US officials and other administration insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon that holdovers from the Obama administration are working to stymie the effort.

"If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a reciprocal measure", Zarif said on Monday, adding, "Some measures have been thought out in this regard and will be taken at the appropriate time".

He added that the U.S. would have to move its military bases outside the 2,000km range of Iran's missiles.

His announcement would stop short of pulling out of the agreement, but give the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

But he's also expected to designate an entire branch of Iran's military as terrorists: The Revolutionary Guard.

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Several Iranian newspapers ran the same photo on the front page on Tuesday: the urbane, US -educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif laughing and hugging the commander of the IRGC, Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, in a striking display of unity between the two main factions of Iran's leadership. "It's time America be taught new lessons".

Since assuming office, Trump has sought to boost relations with Iran's regional foes, Israel and Saudi Arabia, which had shown signs of wear under former President Barack Obama. "We have all options on the table".

Velayati, a senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, went on to accuse the United States of supporting ISIS terrorists.

In July 2017, the United Stated imposed new sanctions against the country's ballistic missile program. For one thing, a terrorist designation for the Guard would likely bring with it sanctions across the whole organisation; Iran's most powerful force with its own ground, naval, and air divisions.

"President Obama's bad Iran deal predictably emboldened the Iranian regime to build up their military and antagonize the region", Duffy said.

Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for US lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran. Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said Iran purposefully excluded military capabilities from the pact, as "it is not intended as leverage or a bargaining chip in future negotiations".

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