IRGC Popular in Baghdad, Erbil, Damascus, Beirut: Iran President

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned against the repercussions of a possible move by the United States to designate Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group.

"The Guards are the defender of the nation", government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters.

The warning came after the White House said that President Donald Trump would announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that Tehran would give a "firm, decisive and crushing" response if the United States goes ahead with such a plan.

An early shot across the bow came earlier in the day when USA 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.

"Diplomatic language is different to the language of defence forces but the content and the objective is the same", Jafari said.




"Whatever they do we will take reciprocal measures. Of course some measures have been planned which we will announce in due time", he added.

Trump is reportedly planning to "decertify" on October 15 the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

If Trump refuses to certify, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the USA has agreed to waive under the deal. Iran says it does not seek nuclear weapons and in turn blames the growth of militant groups such as the Islamic State group on the policies of the United States and its Gulf Arab fundamentalist Wahhabi allies.

"If the USA 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.

"It seems the Trump administration understands only swear words, and needs some shocks to understand the new meaning of power in the world", said Iranian armed forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri, who is also a Revolutionary Guards commander. "It's time America be taught new lessons".

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