Tehran at Ease, United and Ready as Trump to Announce Iran Strategy

Tehran at Ease, United and Ready as Trump to Announce Iran Strategy

Iran said on Tuesday the United States would be "joining the terrorists' camp" if it chose to declare its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps a terrorist organization.

An early shot across the bow came earlier in the day when USA authorities offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, a longtime Iran ally and fraternal partner founded shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that if the USA follows through with this "strategic mistake", then "Iran's response will be firm, decisive, and crushing and the U.S. should accept its consequences", according to Iran's Tasnim News.

On Monday night, there was the rare sight of Iran's urbane, globe-trotting foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, alongside Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari appearing together for reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran.

Iranian officials vowed last week to strike US forces and bases in the region if the Trump administration moves forward with extending a terror designation to the IRGC.

"Diplomatic language is different to the language of defence forces but the content and the objective is the same", Jafari said.




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.

Speaking at a daily briefing on Monday, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Agnes Romatet-Espagne, expressed concern that designating the IRGC as a "terrorist" group by the USA administration could exacerbate tensions in the region.

President Trump is expected to announce shortly an overall Iran strategy, including whether his administration will decertify Iran's compliance with the landmark Iran nuclear deal reached in 2015.

If Trump refuses to certify, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the U.S. has agreed to waive under the deal.

All the other signatories to the agreement - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - have urged the United States to stick with the deal, saying Iran has so far stuck to its commitments to restrict its nuclear programme.

According to the spokesman, the USA shouldn't pressure Iran while negotiating regional issues. "It is time to teach them a new lesson".

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