Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

IRGC Popular in Baghdad, Erbil, Damascus, Beirut: Iran President

IRGC Popular in Baghdad, Erbil, Damascus, Beirut: Iran President

The U.S.is angry over the JCPOA because at a "sensitive time that they wanted to say that Iran is a liar and secretly wants to build nuclear arms, Iran, by attending (nuclear) negotiations, proved that they (Americans) are liars", Rouhani stated.

If the U.S. designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization-as reports state President Trump is likely to do-it would be a "strategic mistake", according to Iran's foreign ministry.

"The IRGC is not just a military unit, but it has been in the hearts of the (Iranian) people and has defended our national interests in all times of danger", he stressed.

The Iranian commander added that the country has considered serious plans to counter USA aggressive policies.

Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri told ISNA if Trump decides to designate the Guards as terrorists, Iran would "teach Americans a new lesson".

New reports emerged Wednesday afternoon that Trump's planned speech on Iran may be scaled back and not take place until Friday, if it does at all.

"Congress didn't ask the president to designate the full IRGC", according to one veteran Middle East policy advisor who lobbies Congress on Iran sanctions.

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"We are all integrated and standing in the same line", he underlined, adding that the resistant nation of Iran will stand against plots.

Trump is set to annouce his final decision on sanctions against the Islamic republic next week.

A State Department official declined repeated requests for clarification on what the administration intends to do about the IRGC, but told the Free Beacon officials remain "deeply troubled by Iran's longstanding provocative activities including its support for terrorism and destabilizing activities in the region".

A tough line from President Donald Trump has been met by a show of unity from both sides of Iran's political divide, uniting hardliners who cast the United States as an implacable enemy with pragmatists who seek rapprochement with the West.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smile during a coordination meeting for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran October 9, 2017.

Iran says the nuclear deal does not require it to restrict its missile program.

Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for US lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran.

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