Iran says USA would aid terrorism if it declared Revolutionary Guards terrorists

Iran: US forces in danger if White House tags country's military as terror group

Iran: US forces in danger if White House tags country's military as terror group

Iranian officials are slamming an anticipated decision from the United States to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) a terrorist organization, saying that with such a move, the U.S. would be "joining the terrorists' camp".

Following the reports, the IRGC chief warned that it may equate USA troops to Islamic State terrorists "if the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government".

Iranian government spokesperson also said that the world should be "thankful" to the Revolutionary Guards for its fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

Analysts say such a move would have a very limited impact on the Guards, who are already subject to a wide range of sanctions.

Experts also say past attempts by the United States to play tough with the Revolutionary Guards have only strengthened it in Iran, and Trump risks further escalating tensions with the country as he mulls a move to "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump is reported to be considering designating the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization.

"Whatever they do we will take reciprocal measures". He must decide by Sunday whether to recertify the agreement, but is widely expected to declare Iran non-compliant with it, which would require Congress to make a decision on re-imposing sanctions.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that if the United States follows through with this "strategic mistake", then "Iran's response will be firm, decisive, and crushing and the U.S. should accept its consequences", according to Iran's Tasnim News.

"America's behaviour has frustrated the world", said Iran's army spokesman Masoud Jazayeri, according to the semi-official ISNA agency.

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