TEHRAN – A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has warned the US against designating the group as a terrorist organisation or applying new sanctions on Tehran, stating that such moves could prove disastrous for American forces in the region.
“Counting the Revolutionary Guards the same as terrorist groups and applying similar sanctions to the Revolutionary Guards is a big risk for America and its bases and forces deployed in the region,” Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Monday, according to Sepah News, an official news site of the Guards.
Baqeri did not elaborate on any potential consequences that could be faced by the US or its military.
The senior commander’s comments come after reports in February that the Trump administration was considering a proposal that could lead to the Revolutionary Guards being designated as a terrorist organisation.
It also comes after the US Senate voted in mid-June for new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program. The legislation must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump in order to become law.
Baqeri said on Monday that Iran’s missile program is purely defensive and entirely non-negotiable.
President Trump put Tehran “on notice” in February after it conducted a missile test.
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017