Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari criticized Washington Sunday amid the reports about US President Donald Trump's plan to place additional sanctions on Tehran and designate the IRGC a terrorist group.
"As we've announced in the past, if the USA new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 kilometer range of Iran's missiles", the major general remarked.
The news agency said USA and other Western officials did not confirm whether the matter was discussed between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson when the two met on the United Nations sidelines - but two US officials said Iran had recently been "keeping it alive" by feeding certain media reports and via third parties such as Oman.
"If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world, particularly in the Middle East", Jafari said.
On Thursday, Trump accused Tehran of violating the "spirit" of the landmark nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limiting Iran's nuclear program for fifteen years in exchange for easing pre-existing sanctions.
Trump has repeatedly described the deal as "embarrassment" to the USA and suggested he wants to tear it up.
Jafari's warning came two days after White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders said Trump will announce new United States responses to Iran's missile tests, alleged support for terrorism and cyber operations as part of his new broader Iran strategy.
"The Americans should know that the Islamic Republic would use the Trump administration's stupid behavior toward JCPOA to make great strides in advancing its defensive, regional and missile programs", he said.
A senior USA administration official told Financial Times that President Donald Trump will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization some time this week.
Notably, the U.S. Treasury Department has already designated the IRGC Qods Force, a wing of the IRGC, a terrorist entity back in 2007, but stopped short of declaring the entire IRGC a terrorist entity.
This is while the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly verified Iran's commitments and other parties to the deal, including Washington's European allies, have rejected Trump's hawkish stance toward the UN-endorsed agreement.