1110 GMT May 27, 2019
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Hamid Baeidinejad said he did not believe Washington would ever instruct US forces to really confront the IRGC and treat it as a terrorist force.
“If they dare to implement those instructions that the IRGC is a terrorist organization… if they move to counter the IRGC, they would see how forcefully they would be retaliated on the ground,” the Iranian envoy asserted. “So I imagine that these are just rhetorics.”
He said that American military forces in the Persian Gulf region were in a volatile situation and it wouldn’t be wise if they decided to take action against the Iranian elite force.
“The reality is the US forces are now in the region, so logically now there are concerns even within the US establishment for naming the IRGC as a terrorist organization because now it can have a very immediate impact over the situation the US forces have in the region,” he said.
Following Trump’s declaration on Monday, Iran reciprocated by designating the US Central Command (CENTCOM), the portion of the US military responsible for protecting American security interests in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, as a terrorist organization.