Iran will consider the United States Army as equivalent to the Islamic State militant organization if Washington designates its Revolutionary Guard's Corps a terrorist group, the commander of the Guards Mohammad Ali Jafari reportedly said Sunday.
"As we've announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles", he said, according to state media.
A top military commander said Iran would never be compelled by the United States sanctions to relinquish its regional role and they will only strengthen its resolve to push ahead with its regional operations and defensive missile program.
At the end of July 2017 the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Tehran targeting its ballistic missile program.
Foreign Minister Zarif added that in realty, the region is suffering from mistaken policies of the U.S. and Iran is confronting terrorism and Takfiri groups and will continue its policies in this framework and realities in the region are gradually enlightened for other world countries.
According to the state broadcaster IRIB, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America".
Trump's administration earlier this year considered, but then put on hold, adding the IRGC to the USA list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Washington should know that Iran will use the opportunity provided by (US Presdient) Donald Trump Administration's lunatic conduct of the JCPOA to boost its missile program as well as it regional and conventional defense plans, Jaafari 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.
"During their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month, Iran told [world powers] that it could discuss the missile program to remove concerns", an Iranian source told Reuters.