'Terrorist' labels for US, Iran forces are more than words

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2017

Rouhani cautioned against the repercussions of a planned move by the U.S. to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, saying the IRGC is popular not only in Iran but also in regional countries, Tasnim News reported.

An early shot across the bow came earlier in the day when US authorities offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, a longtime Iran ally and fraternal partner founded shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

On Monday night, there was the rare sight of Iran's urbane, globe-trotting foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, alongside Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari appearing together for reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran.

Analysts say such a move would have a very limited impact on the Guards, who are already subject to a wide range of sanctions.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday Tehran would give a "firm, decisive and crushing" response, if the U.S. goes ahead with the plan to target IRGC.

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The IRGC commander pointed out that diplomatic discourse is distinct from the discourse of defense forces, but their contents and orientations are the same.

He added that the U.S. approaches have frustrated people across the world, saying, "It is time to teach the USA new lessons".

The U.S.is angry over the JCPOA because at a "sensitive time that they wanted to say that Iran is a liar and secretly wants to build nuclear arms, Iran, by attending (nuclear) negotiations, proved that they (Americans) are liars", Rouhani stated.

Trump has repeatedly bashed a deal signed a year ago by Iran and leading world powers curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Such a step would stop short of pulling out of the agreement, leaving that decision to Congress. In response, Iran has increased its program's funding. "It's time America be taught new lessons".

The measures by US President Donald Trump will fuel the disarray within the country, Rouhani said, adding that if Washington decides to withdraw from the nuclear deal, it will become more apparent to the (US) people that it is a big loss for them. Apparently, the Trump government does not understand anything but insults and needs shocks to realise the new concept of power in today's world.

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