Iran hardliners, pragmatists show unity in response to Trump

Iran: US forces in danger if White House tags country's military as terror group

Iran: US forces in danger if White House tags country's military as terror group

Experts say Trump designating it a terrorist organization would be a largely political move as the Revolutionary Guards has already had a number of sanctions placed on it by the US. He must decide by Sunday whether to recertify the agreement, but is widely expected to declare Iran non-compliant with it, which would require Congress to make a decision on re-imposing sanctions. "The Americans have driven the world insane by their behavior".

Several Iranian newspapers ran the same photo on the front page on Tuesday: the urbane, US -educated Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laughing and hugging the commander of the IRGC, Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, in a striking display of unity between the two main factions of Iran's leadership.

The measures by US President Donald Trump will fuel the disarray within the country, Rouhani said, adding that if Washington decides to withdraw from the nuclear deal, it will become more apparent to the (US) people that it is a big loss for them. "It is time to teach them a new lesson". "All options are on the table", Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, Reuters reports citing Isna news agency. "All options are on the table", he said.

The Iranian nuclear deal, backed by European countries, China and Russian Federation, lifted broad worldwide sanctions over Iran's nuclear program that had been tightened during the Obama years and had caused severe damage to Iran's economy. Iran accepted to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. He is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization.

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Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for USA lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran.

Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters Tuesday the guards are "the defender of the nation" and if the United States designates the military force a terror organization "it puts itself in the camp of terrorists".

Iran says the nuclear deal does not require it to restrict its missile program.

He emphasized that Iran's increasing defensive capabilities would never be swayed by foreign rhetoric and said, "The policy and logic of the Islamic Republic of Iran on boosting the country's defensive power are an unquestionable issue".

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