Trump Admin Will Not Commit to Designating IRGC as Terror Group

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo

The US president is also expected to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

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

US President Donald Trump is expected this week to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization to contain Iran's regional influence. The U.S. government has sanctioned individuals and entities with ties to the Guard in the past, including a special forces unit in 2007. But Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi threatened a "firm, decisive and crushing" response if it went ahead.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top Iranian offical, appeared to suggest military options were being considered.

Iranian officials vowed last week to strike USA forces and bases in the region if the Trump administration moves forward with extending a terror designation to the IRGC.

"If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a reciprocal measure", Zarif said, adding, "Some measures have been thought out in this regard and will be taken at the appropriate time".

Speaking at a daily briefing on Monday, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Agnes Romatet-Espagne, expressed concern that designating the IRGC as a "terrorist" group by the United States administration could exacerbate tensions in the region. "Of course some measures have been planned which we will announce in due time", he added.

By October 15, Trump is scheduled to recertify the Iranian nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limits Iran's nuclear program for 15 years in exchange for easing the pre-existing sanctions.

Iran's nuclear deal with world major powers was a "big test" for all signatories and other states in the world, as keeping promise is the base of world trust in a state, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, APA reported citing IRNA.

If Trump refuses to certify, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the United States has agreed to waive under the deal.

His comments come just 24 hours after Iran threatened the United States with a "firm, decisive and crushing" response to sanctions.

Meanwhile, the Iranian army vowed it would teach Washington "new lessons" to make it "understand the new meaning of power in the world", according to the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri.

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