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TEHRAN – Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani yes­ter­day cau­tioned against the reper­cus­sions of a planned move by the US to des­ig­nate the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards Corps (IRGC) as a ter­ror­ist group, say­ing the IRGC is pop­u­lar not only in Iran but also in regional coun­tries.

If the U.S. gov­ern­ment makes the mis­take of tak­ing ac­tion against the IRGC, it would be a dou­ble mis­take, Pres­i­dent Rouhani said dur­ing a cab­i­net ses­sion held in Tehran on Wednesday.

“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.

Rouhani fur­ther said the IRGC is also pop­u­lar in Iraq be­cause it has saved Baghdad, among Iraq’s Kurds be­cause it has saved Er­bil, and among the Syr­ian and Le­banese peo­ple be­cause of its ma­jor ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism.

Rouhani de­scribed the 2015 nu­clear deal as “a lit­mus test” for the world com­mu­nity, say­ing any party that walks away from the mul­ti­lat­eral ac­cord would be dam­ag­ing its own rep­u­ta­tion.

Rouhani said the sig­na­to­ries that choose to honor their sides of the bar­gain are in fact pro­tect­ing their own in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, adding that “if any side fails to stand com­mit­ted to the deal, it would be tar­nish­ing its own rep­u­ta­tion.”

He also noted that the num­ber of coun­tries and regimes that sup­port Washington’s hos­tile stance on the nu­clear deal could be counted on the fin­gers of one hand.

On the con­trary, he said, “To­day, the world backs the path that the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran has cho­sen and there is no one, even among the U.S.’s al­lies in Europe, who sup­ports de­stroy­ing the agree­ment.”

Rouhani said that the JCPOA is a big test for all gov­ern­ments of the world and com­mit­ment to it can be a base of trust for the whole world.

The Pres­i­dent made the re­marks ad­dress­ing the cab­i­net meet­ing after a big me­dia hype has been cre­ated in the past weeks that the US Pres­i­dent Trump is going to de­cer­tify Iran’s com­mit­ment to the deal.

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