Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned that if Washington decides to declare the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, Tehran would make a “firm and crushing” response.
Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, Qassemi hailed recent remarks made by IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, who cautioned the US government of the dire consequences of imposing new sanctions against Iran and designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization.
“I hope that the US ruling body would not make the strategic mistake …, but if it does so, then Iran’s response will be firm, decisive, and crushing and the US should accept its consequences,” he noted.
The Iranian spokesman also expressed the hope that wise people among the US statesmen would take steps to prevent the sanctions.
In early August, Donald Trump signed into law one of the most wide-ranging sanctions measures of the last five years, known as Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which enhances three separate sanctions programs targeting Iran, Russia, and North Korea.