“We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said during his weekly press conference on Monday.
“If they do [designate the IRGC as a terrorist group], Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences,” he added, reiterating what Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier vowed on Sunday.
Qassemi’s remarks came in reaction to unconfirmed reports that US President Donald Trump is going to announce new measures against Iran, including the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.
Earlier on Sunday, the Chief-Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps also warned that if the US is stupid enough to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization, then the IRGC will regard the US army as ISIS terrorists anywhere in the world.
IRGC Chief-Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari referred to the reports about the US government’s “stupid” move to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization, and said, “If such reports prove true, the IRGC will consider the US army to be synonymous with ISIS terrorists anywhere in the world, particularly in the Middle East.”