Iran warns U.S. against blacklisting IRGC

2017-07-17 14:30:46 GMT2017-07-17 22:30:46(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TEHRAN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's army chief on Monday warnedthe U.S. against the repercussions of blacklisting the the IslamicRevolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, mainlybecause of Iran's missile program, Press TV reported.

"Marking the IRGC along with terrorist groups and imposingsimilar sanctions on it is a big risk for the Americans, for theirbases and their forces in the region," Chief of Staff of theIranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqerisaid.

In May, a bill introduced by the U.S. Senate, in case it ispassed by the Congress and implemented by the the State Department,would label the IRGC as a terrorist group and trigger sanctions onit.

Baqeri warned the United States against "wrong calculations"regarding the Islamic Republic, including its planned sanctions andpossible blacklisting of the IRGC.

"American officials are advised to talk somewhat wiser, moremeasured and mature to other countries, especially a country likeIran that has stood against all conspiracies with pride andstrength, and no longer play with their honor," he was quoted assaying.

Baqeri also stressed that Iran's advanced missile power is"defensive and non-negotiable."

He said that despite the continuing plots and threats from theenemies since decades ago, the Islamic republic has been able todefend borders and to overcome terrorism.

Baqeri called for more deterrent progress and readiness tothwart emerging security threats by some powers and their regionalallies, including Israel, against Iran.

On May 10, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saidthat Iran would increase its missile capability despite theenemies' propaganda against it.

The U.S. officials have said Iran's ballistic missile launchesare threats to the U.S. interests in the world.

The Iranian officials unanimously called the missile tests"inalienable right" of the country to boost deterrent power.Enditem