Iran warns United States against new sanctions

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

09 October, 2017

The hawkish United States president is also expected to announce he will decertify JCPOA in the congressionally mandated quarterly notification on Iran's compliance in the coming days, in a step that could result in the collapse of the pact.

Trump campaigned a year ago against the global nuclear deal with Iran and has vowed to abandon it.

The sanctions package also targeted Iran for alleged human rights abuses, terrorism sponsorship and arms shipments and added to the sanctions the USA had already imposed on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and its unit responsible for foreign operations, the Qods Force.

The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack USA military bases in the region.

The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps has advised Washington to move its military bases farther from Iran's borders if new USA sanctions are imposed on Tehran, the official state agency IRNA reported.

Currently, US military bases are located in countries neighbouring Iran, less than 500 kilometres (310 miles) from Iran's borders.

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"If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East", Jafari said, according to Tasnim.

He said such moves by the USA will eliminate "any chance for engagement forever".

General Jafari further noted that if Americans are taking such measures in order to ultimately take Iran to the negotiating table on regional issues, they have chosen a totally wrong path.

"He's looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran, not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilizing of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear program", she said.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard special forces participate in military manoeuvers at an undisclosed location near the Gulf Sea 03 April 2006. There are conflicting reports as to whether he will carry out that pledge but he is expected to unveil his new Iran strategy in the coming days.

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