Iran's statements mirror those of the U.S., with President Donald Trump having recently accused the Islamic Republic of supporting terrorism.
Iran reiterated on Tuesday its warning against new USA measures to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards, stressing that such move by Washington will lead the United States to join the terrorists' camp.
Trump, who has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of being too soft on Iran, is expected to announce a hardening of policy this week, likely to include "decertifying" a landmark 2015 deal that lifted worldwide sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.
If Trump declines to certify the Iran deal, US congressional leaders would have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran suspended under the agreement. The IRGC has a vast economic empire in Iran, and blacklisting it could make it more hard for Iranian businesses to access the global financial system.
Iranian authorities, who have said Tehran would not be the first to violate the accord, are publicly debating how they will respond if the Trump administration designates the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. "The Americans have driven the world insane by their behavior". "It's time America be taught new lessons".
Several Iranian newspapers ran the same photo on the front page on Tuesday: the urbane, US -educated Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laughing and hugging the commander of the IRGC, Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, in a striking display of unity between the two main factions of Iran's leadership.
Since assuming office, Trump has sought to boost relations with Iran's regional foes, Israel and Saudi Arabia, which had shown signs of wear under former President Barack Obama. But the moderates and hardliners tend to rally together in public when threatened from overseas. "All options are on the table", Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, Reuters reports citing Isna news agency. "We have all options on the table".
"If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a reciprocal measure", Zarif said, adding, "Some measures have been thought out in this regard and will be taken at the appropriate time".
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In July 2017, the United Stated imposed new sanctions against the country's ballistic missile program. Iran accepted to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
France voiced concern on Tuesday that designating the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group could exacerbate tensions in the region. "The U.S. government constantly reviews information, through an interagency process, to evaluate potential sanctions violators for targeting under existing sanctions authorities".
"He'll make that later this week", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters when asked about the certification decision and the administration's broader strategy on Iran.
"Trump might say some things by the end of the week, but this should not create chaos in the market".
Iranian government spokesman, Mohammad Baker Nobakht stated that "the world should be grateful to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards for fighting terrorists". Trump said in September that recent IRGC missile tests illustrated the weakness of the nuclear deal.
According to him, if any side fails to stand committed to the deal, it would be tarnishing its own reputation.
Jafari went on to add that Zarif's comments on Iran's position include defensive and security aspects as well, however our discourses and manner of speech are different.