0838 GMT February 21, 2018
Last month, US senators passed a bill of sanctions that target Iranian individuals and entities after they called on the State Department to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, Press TV reported.
“Tagging the Guards along with terrorist groups and imposing similar sanctions is a big risk for the Americans, their bases and their forces in the region,” Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Monday.
The bipartisan US Senate vote, which is now to go to the House, is demanding major action from the Trump administration against the IRGC.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently stated that Washington would support a “peaceful” regime change in Iran, and that the overall Iran policy was under development.
Baqeri warned the United States against "wrong calculations" regarding the Islamic Republic, including its planned sanctions and possible blacklisting of the IRGC.
"American officials are advised to talk somewhat wiser, more measured and mature to other countries, especially a country like Iran that has stood against all conspiracies with pride and strength, and no longer play with their honor."
The US says the new sanctions target Iran over its missile program, the country's support for resistance groups such as Hezbollah and its alleged human rights violations.
Baqeri stressed that Iran’s “missile power is defensive and not subject to bargaining and negotiation at any level.”
“The Iranian nation has always stood up to the system of domination and arrogance, especially America, and become more firmly established; hence, further sanctions will provide an opportunity for growth, self-reliance and attention to the indigenous and domestic capacities of the country," he said.
Baqeri said Iran, which has weathered “about four decades of conspiracies and threats as well as an intensified anti-Iranian investment by the regional extras of America and the Zionist regime,” is facing new threats.
“The emergence of new security threats, which with the design and endeavors of the arrogant powers and reactionary regimes of the region and the negligence of some neighbors has targeted the Islamic Republic with the aim of moving the threats inside Iran, calls for more vigilance and readiness in order to counteract and neutralize them,” he added.
Baqeri was apparently referring to Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman’s vague remarks in April that Riyadh would work to move “the battle” to Iran.
The Iranian official touched on the ongoing conflicts in the region, saying they were the result of “interference by arrogant powers, Zionist plots and the stupidity and treachery of some unpopular and oppressive regimes of the region.”