Iran hard-liners, pragmatists show unity against Trump

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2017

"If the United States 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.

US media reports indicate President Donald Trump may designate the Guards as a terrorist organization as part of a larger strategy to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

US President Trump is considering tougher sanctions against Iran, including listing the Revolutionary Guards as a terror group.

If the U.S. designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization-as reports state President Trump is likely to do-it would be a "strategic mistake", according to Iran's foreign ministry.

The Iranian commander added that the country has considered serious plans to counter USA aggressive policies. Washington is offering US$7 million for information leading to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah's foreign operations, and up to US$5 million for Fuad Shukr, a top Hezbollah military operative, the State Department said.

Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri told ISNA if Trump decides to designate the Guards as terrorists, Iran would "teach Americans a new lesson".

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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"The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East".

These same voices are continuing to advise Trump against decertifying Iranian compliance with the deal, despite the president's personal belief that the Islamic Republic has flagrantly violated what he has repeatedly described as a bad deal. It is loved by the people of Lebanon because it is defender of the dignity and independence of Lebanon.

Following the reports, the IRGC chief warned that it may equate U.S. troops to Islamic State terrorists "if the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government".

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

According to him, if any side fails to stand committed to the deal, it would be tarnishing its own reputation.

"Unlike the pre-deal era when the whole world was united against Iran, the world is now united against the United States, particularly so because Trump's measures regarding other worldwide agreements has sparked global opposition", former Iranian diplomat Javid Ghorban Oghli said in an op-ed written for pro-reform Shargh Daily. "The U.S. government constantly reviews information, through an interagency process, to evaluate potential sanctions violators for targeting under existing sanctions authorities".

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