Iranian Official Warns US against Blacklisting IRGC
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei cautioned US against its planned move to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), saying that US President Donald Trump’s dreams will not come true.
“Mr. Trump! Have you forgotten the Farsi Island and (American) sailors? Your dreams will not come true,” Rezaei said in a message posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.
“As soon as Trump targets the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, millions will join the IRGC,” he added in a follow-up message.
In 2016, two US Navy crafts carrying 10 Marines were seized by the IRGC Navy after reaching three miles into the waters surrounding the Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.
Trump is expected on October 15 to “decertify” a landmark 2015 international deal about Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He is also expected to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, as he rolls out a broader, more hawkish US strategy on Iran.
In comments on Sunday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said if speculations about the US administration’s “stupid decision” to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization are true, the IRGC will, in turn, treat the US military around the world, particularly in the Middle East, as Daesh (ISIL) forces.