Iran's Velayati: US angry at IRGC over effectual war against ISIS


Iran has once again warned Washington against designating the elite wing of the Iranian Army, the Revolutionary Guards, as a terrorist group, saying that "all options are on the table", according to a top aide to Iran's supreme leader.

It is widely expected that Trump will not recertify Iran, saying it is no longer in the U.S. national interest, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. "The Americans have driven the world insane by their behavior".

The Iranian foreign minister warned that in case of such a move, the U.S. would become more isolated and despicable among the Iranian people.

"We are committed to holding Iran accountable for its behavior", the official said. "It is time to teach them a new lesson".

Velayati, a senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, went on to accuse the U.S. of supporting ISIS terrorists. "All options are on the table", he said.

But Washington still maintains separate unilateral sanctions over Tehran's missile program and over allegations it supports terrorism. Iran accepted to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. For one thing, a terrorist designation for the Guard would likely bring with it sanctions across the whole organisation; Iran's most powerful force with its own ground, naval, and air divisions.

Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for US lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran. The rial was quoted in the free market around 40,400 to the dollar, currency exchangers in Tehran told Reuters, compared to 39,200 last week.

"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.

Iranian government spokesman, Mohammad Baker Nobakht stated that "the world should be grateful to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards for fighting terrorists".

Washington aims to put more pressure on the IRGC, especially over its missile program.

"President Obama's bad Iran deal predictably emboldened the Iranian regime to build up their military and antagonize the region", Duffy said. Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said Iran purposefully excluded military capabilities from the pact, as "it is not intended as leverage or a bargaining chip in future negotiations".