Trump prompts Rouhani administration, IRGC to close ranks

Al-Monitor- In the wake of emerging reports that Washington is preparing to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the commander of the Guard Corps have adopted a unitary position, warning the White House over the possible consequences of such a move.

In a meeting on the coordination for holding the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, IRGC commander Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Oct. 9, “There is a good harmony between Mr. Zarif and myself in announcing our positions against the enemies, and the enmity of our enemies against Iran and its capabilities in the defense, political and social sectors.”

The IRGC commander added that he and Zarif share the same stances and only differ in the way they express themselves.

Jafari said, “Diplomatic expression is different from defense forces’ expression, but its content and orientation are the same,” adding, “[US President Donald] Trump must be sure that we [the IRGC] are united with the Foreign Ministry and our government.”

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