IRGC Commander: Iran not to negotiate with United States on regional issues

IRGC Commander: Iran not to negotiate with United States on regional issues

The hawkish U.S. 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.

Tehran launches missile tests in order to improve its ballistic missiles' accuracy, which is not required for nuclear weapons, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday.

The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Sunday that if the U.S. designates the IRGC as a terrorist organization, Iran will in turn designate the U.S. Army as a terror group.

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

In the part that pertains to Iran (also known as Countering Iran's Destabilizing Actions Act or CIDAA), the sanctions act focuses on punishments specifically addressed at the IRGC.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying: "If new sanctions go into effect, the country [US] should move its regional bases to a 2000-kilometer radius, the range of Iranian missiles".

U.S. military bases are located in countries neighbouring Iran, including Bahrain, Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan, less than 500 kilometres (310 miles) from Iran's borders - well within reach of Iranian ballistic missiles.

But Trump is expected to announce new measures against Iran, including the prospect of additional targeted sanctions, the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization and the adoption of a tougher stance on Iranian proxies in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Jafari also warned the United States that a negative categorization of the Guard would eliminate "any chance for [bi-lateral] engagement forever".

Foreign Minister Zarif added that in realty, the region is suffering from mistaken policies of the USA and Iran is confronting terrorism and Takfiri groups and will continue its policies in this framework and realities in the region are gradually enlightened for other world countries.

Revolutionary Guard forces are now fighting "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, and have suffered significant casualties as a result.

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