A day after sources said that President Trump planned to decertify the Iranian nuke deal, it was reported that the theocratic regime was open to talks about its ballistic-missile arsenal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the U.S. for its hostile policies against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and warned of Tehran's tough response if Washington labels the IRGC as a terrorist group, FARS news reports."It will certainly be a very harsh reaction", Zarif said in response to a question asked by reporters in Tehran on Sunday on how Iran would react if the USA president designates the IRGC as a terrorist group in his new strategy.
The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack United States military bases in the region.
Jafari cautioned the United States government of what he termed as the dire consequences of imposing new sanction against Iran.
"As we've announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles", the Revolutionary Guard chief warned. He also included the Islamic Republic in a list of "challenges we should've taken care of a long time ago", which features North Korea, Afghanistan, and IS.
A senior USA administration official told Financial Times that President Donald Trump will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization some time this week.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later on Friday that Trump and his team have been "looking at all of the bad behaviour of Iran" including its nuclear programme, missile testing, cyberattacks, destabilisation of the region and state sponsorship of terrorism.
Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran September 22, 2007. There are conflicting reports as to whether he will carry out that pledge but he is expected to unveil his new Iran strategy in the coming days.
The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, support for what Washington calls Tehran's support for "terrorism" as part of his new Iran strategy.