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Iran says 'all options are on table' if United States blacklists Revolutionary Guards

12 October 2017

The expected shift in policy has united Iran's conservative Principalist faction and the liberal "Reformists" who form the main support base of President Hassan Rouhani.

"America's behaviour has frustrated the world", said Iran's army spokesman Masoud Jazayeri, according to the semi-official ISNA agency.

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. Jafari says the U.S. would have to move its military bases in the region outside the 1,250-mile range of the Revolutionary Guards' missiles.

That is why the Americans, namely the sponsors of ISIS militants, are angry at the IRGC, he said, adding that they are unable to harm the IRGC, underlining the Iranian nation's unity and support for the IRGC and the country's territorial integrity. "It is time to teach them a new lesson".

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Several Iranian newspapers ran the same photo on the front page on Tuesday: the urbane, USA -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.

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

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His comments come as the Trump administration weighs whether to designate the Corps as a terrorist group. "We have all options on the table".

The Iranian nuclear deal, backed by European countries, China and Russian Federation, lifted broad global sanctions over Iran's nuclear program that had been tightened during the Obama years and had caused severe damage to Iran's economy. Designating the Guards as terrorists could make it more hard for Iranian businesses to take advantage of the lifting of the global sanctions, since banks are required to verify that their clients are not on terrorism blacklists.

Remaining committed to the deal is tantamount to saving their own face, the Iranian president said. "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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Iran says 'all options are on table' if United States blacklists Revolutionary Guards