IRGC Commander: CAATSA Means Abrogation of N. Deal, US Should Withdraw Bases
to 2,000km Away
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major
General Mohammad Ali Jafari said imposition of new sanctions by Washington
against Iran means a US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, warning that the
US should leave the region and stay 2,000km away from Iran if CAATSA comes
"The Islamic Republic (of Iran) sees implementation of the Countering
America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as the US unilateral
withdrawal from the nuclear deal and as we have declared in the past too, if
the US new sanctions act comes into action, the country (the US) should
transfer its regional bases to 2,000km away, that is as far as the range of
Iranian missiles," General Jafari said on Sunday.
Away from CAATSA that puts Iran under presidential executive order 13224 and
considers the IRGC as an entity supporting terrorist groups, Gen. Jafari
noted reports coming from Washington that the US president's new strategy
intends to designate the IRGC itself as a terrorist organization, and issued
a tough warning to Donald Trump, saying, "If reports prove to be true that
the stupid US administration intends to designate the IRGC as a terrorist
organization, then the IRGC will also specify the US army as a group (and
target) like ISIL in all parts of the world, specially the Middle-East."
He further noted the US objective behind its growing hostilities towards
Iran, saying the US is wrong to think that threatening Iran and imposing new
sanctions on the country can force Tehran to sit to the negotiating table on
the regional issues.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran intends to solve the regional issues somewhere
else other than the negotiating table; (the US should know that) there is
(absolutely) nothing and no one to negotiate about or with," the IRGC chief
He said any new US sanctions would ruin the chances for any kind of
interaction "forever". "These sanctions accomplish the experience of the
nuclear deal for us. An experience that showed that the US makes use of
talks as a means of pressure and hostility rather than interaction or
"The Americans should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will use the
opportunity provided by the Trump administration's stupid behavior towards
the nuclear deal to make a leap in its conventional defense, missile and
regional programs," he added.
CAATSA is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North
Korea and Russia. The bill was passed during the 115th Congress, 98–2 in the
Senate. 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.
On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed it into law while issuing
two statements simultaneously that he believed the legislation was
Hours after the stern warnings by the IRGC chief commander, Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also warned of Tehran's tough response if
Washington labels the IRGC as a terrorist group.
"It will certainly be a very harsh reaction," Zarif said in response to a
question asked by reporters in Tehran on Sunday on how Iran would react if
the US president designates the IRGC as a terrorist group in his new
He declined to elaborate on the details of Iran's response, and said, "God
willing, you will come to see (Iran's reaction)."