Iran's Velayati: US angry at IRGC over effectual war against ISIS

Casey Dawson
October 12, 2017

Gen. Jafari went further Monday, saying that Iranian forces would consider USA troops in the region on par with the Islamic State if the White House follows through with its threat to label Iranian troops as terrorists.

"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.

He added that the United States approaches have frustrated people across the world, saying, "It is time to teach the United States new lessons". Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said Iran purposefully excluded military capabilities from the pact, as "it is not intended as leverage or a bargaining chip in future negotiations".

The IRGC is responsible for numerous terror attacks on American troops over the years and has played a key role in interfering with US operations in Syria.

"The era of the USA presence and dominance over the West Asia [region] is over", Jazayeri pointed out.

Trump is expected to "decertify" a landmark 2015 deal Iran struck with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

Iran told the United States on Tuesday that it will keep "all options on table" if President Donald Trump designate its elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

Iran has 'all options on table' if US blacklists Revolutionary Guards: ISNA
The Trump administration has not produced any evidence that Iran is not holding up its part of the bargain. Mr Trump said in September that recent IRGC missile tests illustrated the weakness of the nuclear deal.

Trump's announcement would stop short of pulling out of the agreement but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. By potentially re-imposing the nuclear-related bans, the U.S. would be stopping the implementation of major obligations under the agreement, which would practically equal a pullout even if an official declaration of withdrawal was not released.

While President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not certify Iran as in compliance with the landmark nuclear deal, it remains unclear if he will follow through with congressionally approved plans to extend a terror designation to the IRGC, a move that has prompted Iran to threaten greater attacks on USA forces in the Middle East.

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.

On Sunday Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander said it will treat American forces "like ISIS" if Trump goes ahead with the sanctions.

Iran has been providing Syria and Iraq military advisory assistance in the fight against Daesh upon the two countries' request.

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

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