Tehran

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Warn­ing the U.S.: Ira­nian lead­ers warned of open con­flict with the U.S. if the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion clas­si­fied the coun­try’s elite Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps as a ter­ror­ist group. “Iran’s re­ac­tion would be firm, de­ci­sive, and crush­ing, and the U.S. should bear all its con­se­quences,” said Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qasemi. As part of a new, tough strat­egy on Iran, Trump is ex­pected to stamp the Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard with the des­ig­na­tion at the same time that he “de­cer­ti­fies” a 2015 in­ter­na­tional deal to cur­tail Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gram. The Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard con­trols ma­jor busi­ness in­ter­ests in Iran and sup­ports ter­ror­ist groups such as Hezbol­lah and Ha­mas; its troops have also been de­ployed to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Many of its mem­bers and linked groups are al­ready un­der U.S. sanc­tions.

Revo­lu­tion­ary Guards on pa­rade

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