Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Jafari says if the new U.S. sanctions law against Iran is implemented, it would mean that the U.S. has unilaterally withdrawn from the nuclear agreement, also known as the JCPOA.
Jafari on Sunday responded to reports that Washington will impose “harsh sanctions” on IRGC, saying should the new U.S. sanctions go into force, Washington would have to move its regional bases that are within Iranian missiles’ reach.
This came after some reports in the U.S. suggested that President Donald Trump may designate the entire IRGC as a terrorist organization. 10 years ago, it designed the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force as a terror group, and the entire IRGC has been sanctioned for activities relating to nuclear proliferation and alleged human rights abuses.
The Iranian commander noted that if Washington designates the IRGC as a terrorist organization, the IRGC will “designate American forces that are present across the world, especially in the Middle East, as equivalent to Daesh (ISIS).”
Stressing that negotiations with the U.S. is a big mistake, Jafari said, “The Islamic Republic intents to resolve regional issues somewhere other than the negotiating table.”
“There is nothing to negotiate about and no side to negotiate with,” he added.