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Iran warns USA against imposing new sanctions


The IRGC Commander's remarks came after the Financial Times reported that Trump is expected to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization next week as part of a new hardline strategy against the Islamic Republic.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander, Major General Mohammad Ali Jaafari on Sunday warned the united states to relocate its regional bases out of the reach of Iran's missiles in case Washington takes new measures against Tehran.

Tehran launches missile tests in order to improve its ballistic missiles' accuracy, which is not required for nuclear weapons, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday.

The head of the elite military unit also made a veiled threat to attack U.S. military bases in the region.

In case the United States imposes fresh sanctions, they will have to relocate the U.S. regional bases out of the reach of Iran's missiles, state media quoted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander as saying.

Currently, U.S. military bases are located in countries neighboring Iran, including Bahrain, Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan, less than 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Iran's borders.

US President Donald Trump grudgingly signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" on August 2 after the US Congress overwhelmingly approved the measure despite Trump's reservations about how it might affect his desire for improved relations with Moscow.

Jafari also warned that if the United States declared the Guard a terrorist group, Iran would give the U.S. army the same label.

He said such moves by the US will eliminate "any chance for engagement forever".

Trump also reportedly intends to decertify the Iranian nuclear deal struck in 2015, but he will not impose wide-ranging sanctions, preferring instead just to target the IRGC with sanctions.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard special forces participate in military manoeuvers at an undisclosed location near the Gulf Sea 03 April 2006.

Jafari's warning came two days after White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders said Trump will announce new USA responses to Iran's missile tests, alleged support for terrorism and cyber operations as part of his new broader Iran strategy.

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