Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), on Sunday warned that the US designates the IRGC as a terrorist organization “the US Army and American security forces stationed in the Middle-East will lose their current status of ease and serenity,” Fars reported.
“If they make a stupid move as such and endanger out national security, a reciprocal move will be placed on our agenda and then put into operation based on the policies of the Establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ali Jafari reiterated.
Ali Jafari spoke following a report by the Wall Street Journal that US officials plan to designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. According to the WSJ, the announcement could be made as early as Monday, and would be the first branding of a sovereign country’s military as a terrorist group.
A belligerent Jafari said back in 2017 that “the Americans fear the consequences of war with Iran and know that if such a war starts, they will lose and therefore, they are after hitting a blow to the Islamic Republic through soft war and economic pressure.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has tweeted his own warning to President Trump: “Netanyahu Firsters who have long agitated for FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) designation of the IRGC fully understand its consequences for US forces in the region. In fact, they seek to drag the US into a quagmire on his behalf.”