US President Donald Trump is expected on October 15 to "decertify" a landmark 2015 global deal about Iran's nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The two groups are now making clear the need for national unity against Trump's menacing threats. "The Americans have driven the world insane by their behavior".
Iran has once again warned Washington against designating the elite wing of the Iranian Army, the Revolutionary Guards, as a terrorist group, saying that "all options are on the table", according to a top aide to Iran's supreme leader. "It is time to teach them a new lesson".
The Iranian foreign minister warned that in case of such a move, the United States would become more isolated and despicable among the Iranian people.
"We have a similar stance but different ways of saying it", the papers quoted Jafari as saying. The U.S. government has sanctioned individuals and entities with ties to the Guard in the past, including a special forces unit in 2007. Internally, the US Department of State said that forces under IRGC control have committed abuses against the population.
Since assuming office, Trump has sought to boost relations with Iran's regional foes, Israel and Saudi Arabia, which had shown signs of wear under former President Barack Obama. But historically Washington has shied away from labelling as terrorists any military belonging to a recognized government, partly because it would open up American troops to the same label.
According to the spokesman, the United States shouldn't pressure Iran while negotiating regional issues. Iranian officials threatening a "reciprocal" move in turn. Designating the Guards as terrorists could make it more hard for Iranian businesses to take advantage of the lifting of the global sanctions, since banks are required to verify that their clients are not on terrorism blacklists.
Trump's announcement would stop short of pulling out of the agreement but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. While figures in the military seem willing to greet Trump's addition of their IRGC brethren to the terrorist list as a declaration of war, the reformists are counseling patience and the need to exploit contradictions among Western allies.
"Whatever they do, we will take reciprocal measures", he added.