Iran warns U.S. against designating its Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group

Sherman: US to suffer trust deficit if JCPOA decertified

The hawkish USA president is also expected to announce he will decertify JCPOA in the congressionally mandated quarterly notification on Iran's compliance in the coming days, in a step that could result in the collapse of the pact.

Speaking just before a meeting with top military brass, Trump vowed to "put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions" and said a related announcement will be made "very shortly".

Jafari rejected the idea of negotiating with Washington over regional issues and said if the USA designates the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist group, it will in turn consider the USA military a terrorist group.

The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack United States military bases in the region.

They include financial sanctions on anyone who does business with the Revolutionary Guards, as well as millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the arrest of two operatives from the Iran-backed Lebanese Hizballah movement.

Iranian authorities have sent a note of warning to the U.S. stating that American regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were imposed on Tehran.

A senior US administration official told Financial Times that President Donald Trump will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization some time this week.

He said such moves by the USA will eliminate "any chance for engagement forever".

The website for state TV reported Jafari as adding that the United States was mistaken if it thought it could pressure Iran into negotiating on regional issues.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran September 22, 2007.

US President Donald Trump appears to be retracting from his campaign pledge to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, instead aiming to take other measures against Iran and its affiliates.

The White House announced Friday that Trump will announce in the coming days tough new measures for responding to Iran's "bad behavior", including responses to Tehran's ballistic missile tests, support for terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, and cyber operations.

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