Iran threatens USA forces deployed near its borders

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri warned the US that applying the new sanctions and designating Iran's paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terror group would be a "risk" to USA forces in the Middle East.

Iran has become a major regional, and even global, power thanks to the "spiritual might of the Islamic Revolution, the weapons power of the Armed Forces and the roaring of the IRGC missiles", he underlined.

The State Department said Tuesday that the new sanctions were due to Iran's support for groups the USA designates as terrorist organizations, a label the us has considered applying to the IRGC itself.

The New York Times notes that not all of the entities targeted by the new sanctions are Iranian: "They included a Turkey-based supplier of marine equipment and a China-based procurement agent that the Treasury Department said had provided material and support to an Iranian military electronics company". USA officials are also reportedly considering designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

Iran's Parliament also voted to authorise extra funding for the missile programme and the Revolutionary Guard's foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, which Washington accuses of fomenting unrest across the region.

On Monday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri cautioned the USA against the "big risk" of imposing terrorism-related sanctions on the IRGC. June 21, 2017. Both the USA and Iran support local fighters battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, but Iran has called for the withdraw its bases 1,000 kilometers from Iran's borders after Washington slapped further sanctions on Tehran and accused it of funding terrorist organizations.

The sanctions were introduced one day after the State Department re-certified Tehran's compliance to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) known as the Iranian nuclear deal. He added that the Islamic Republic's missile program is by no means "bargainable or negotiable".

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