Will treat United States troops like 'Daesh' if blacklisted: Iran's IRGC

"If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East", Jafari said.

He stressed that if new sanctions are imposed on Iran, the chance for any interaction will be lost forever.

He said such sanctions would eliminate "any chance for engagement" bewteen the U.S. and Iran for good. "There is nothing to negotiate and no [reliable] party to negotiate with", Jafari said.

The US administration has imposed several rounds of sanctions against Iran over the past months claiming that Iran has not observed the spirit of the nuclear deal Oswald two years ago.

Iran has denounced the sanctions as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal and retaliated with a parliamentary bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions".

But the sources said that given Trump's threats to ditch the deal reached under President Barack Obama, Tehran had approached the powers about possible talks on its missile program.

If he does decide to maintain the nuclear deal, he is nonetheless expected to sharpen United States responses to Iranian missile tests, Tehran's alleged support for "terrorism" and its cyber operations.

The remarks, carried by Iran's Tasnim news agency, came following reports that the USA could blacklist the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group as part of a broad new strategy for dealing with the Islamic Republic to be announced by President Donald Trump.

"The Americans should know that the Islamic Republic would use the Trump administration's stupid behavior toward JCPOA to make great strides in advancing its defensive, regional and missile programs", he said.

Notably, the U.S. Treasury Department has already designated the IRGC Qods Force, a wing of the IRGC, a terrorist entity back in 2007, but stopped short of declaring the entire IRGC a terrorist entity.

The warning comes as US President Trump is expected to announce his new Iran policy in the coming days.

Iran's ballistic missile program has triggered the discontent and concerns of other states, in particular, the United States.


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