Tehran promised a “decisive and overwhelming” reaction against the United States if they placed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards on the list of terrorist organizations, threatening to treat the US military and Daesh in the same way.
While Washington would consider imposing new sanctions against Iran, including placing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRG) on the list of terrorist organizations, a source close to the case quoted by the Financial Times , Tehran assured that such action would not be without consequences.
“We hope that the US will not make this strategic mistake,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on October 9, quoted by the Iranian news agency Tasnim. “If they do, Iran’s reaction will be firm, decisive and overwhelming,” he threatened, adding that Washington should accept the consequences.
IRG leader Mohammad Ali Jafari had already given an overview of the possible consequences on 8 October. He had assured that if the US government put the GRI on the list of terrorist organizations, the GRI would consider the US military in the same way it considers Daesh anywhere in the world, particularly in the Middle East.
Mohammad Ali Jafari further explained that if these new American sanctions were to be voted, Washington would have to move its regional bases “beyond the 2,000 kilometer range of Iranian missiles”.
US President Donald Trump is due to certify to Congress by mid-October that Tehran is fulfilling its commitments, which are supposed to guarantee the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program. A non-certification would pave the way for the reintroduction of sanctions, for the time being lifted. During his campaign and since his election, the US president has repeatedly criticized the nuclear agreement signed by the group of 5 + 1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States + Germany) Iran in 2015, considering it to be the “worst” agreement ever signed by his country.