US black­list­ing of Iran IRGC will strengthen ter­ror­ists: De­fense Chief

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TEHRAN: Iran’s de­fense chief has slammed US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s threat to black­list the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards Corps (IRGC), say­ing any such move against the elite coun­tert­er­ror­ism force would only pro­mote ter­ror and in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and the en­tire world.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Amir Hatami praised the IRGC as “the most pow­er­ful” force “on the front­line” of the fight against ter­ror­ism, IRNA re­ported on Thurs­day.

Hatami said the IRGC be­longs to all the re­gional na­tions, adding, “Any plot and ac­tion un­der­min­ing this anti-ter­ror­ism foun­da­tion will help pro­mote ter­ror­ism and in­se­cu­rity in the re­gion and across the world.”

Hatami un­der­lined Iran’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to stand against re­cent US threats, adding, “The IRGC, the Army and all the coun­try’s forces stand united against the hos­tile, bel­liger­ent poli­cies and ac­tions of the US govern­ment, and will not al­low them to jeop­ar­dize re­gional se­cu­rity through proxy war and ter­ror­ism.”

In his planned speech on Oc­to­ber 15, Trump is ex­pected to des­ig­nate the IRGC as a “ter­ror­ist” or­ga­ni­za­tion. More­over, he is re­port­edly plan­ning to an­nounce that he will not cer­tify the nu­clear agree­ment, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of coun­tries in 2015.

Ira­nian of­fi­cials have warned that Tehran will take re­cip­ro­cal mea­sures against a po­ten­tial “strate­gic mis­take” by Trump to black­list the IRGC.

Ear­lier this week, Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif warned the US against any mea­sure tar­get­ing the IRGC.

“If Amer­i­can of­fi­cials make such a strate­gic mis­take, the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran will take a re­cip­ro­cal mea­sure,” Zarif said, adding, “Some mea­sures have been thought out in this re­gard and will be taken at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.”

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