Will treat U.S. troops like 'Daesh' if blacklisted: Iran's IRGC

Will treat U.S. troops like 'Daesh' if blacklisted: Iran's IRGC

He said that there will be no chance for "interaction" if the US administration enforces new law for sanctions against Iran.

Iran's official IRNA news agency is quoting the chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard as saying the U.S. should move its military bases farther from Iran's borders if it imposes new sanctions against Tehran.

In the part that pertains to Iran (also known as Countering Iran's Destabilizing Actions Act or CIDAA), the sanctions act focuses on punishments specifically addressed at the IRGC.

"If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East", Jafari said on Sunday, according to a Revolutionary Guard statement.

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.

Trump has repeatedly described the deal as "embarrassment" to the United States and suggested he wants to tear it up.

"America's conduct proved that we can not develop our foreign relations by exclusively relying on JCPOA", Jafari said, using an abbreviation that stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the accord.

Tehran has warned it may begin to equate U.S. forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.

"We will use any silly behavior by the Trump administration as an opportunity to advance our defensive and missile programs", Jafari said during a meeting of the IRGC strategic council.

The hawkish U.S. president is also expected to announce he will decertify JCPOA in the congressionally mandated quarterly notification on Iran's compliance in the coming days, in a step that could result in the collapse of the pact.

Jafari's remarks came two days after US President Donald Trump claimed Iran "supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed, and chaos across the Middle East" and suggested it has "not lived up to the spirit of" the nuclear deal.

Iran's ballistic missile program has triggered the discontent and concerns of other states, in particular, the United States.