The Iran Project

Trump’s targeting of Revolutionary Guards is a step too far for Iran

This file photo shows Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces marching during an annual military parade in Tehran.

The Guardian | : Tehran has promised crushing response if US president makes ‘strategic mistake’ of listing elite force as terrorist entity

In the 11 months since Donald Trump’s election, Tehran has been at pains to avoid kneejerk reactions. In a country of a thousand Friday prayer podiums, the measured responses to the US president’s pronouncements on Iranian activities have revealed much effort behind the scenes to grapple with changed circumstances.

But Tehran’s response this week to reports that the US is working to designate the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group is an indication that there is a limit to its patience. It is also ratcheting up tensions in an already tense week, which could lead to the undoing of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump faces a congressional deadline of the end of this week to certify Tehran’s compliance under the agreement. He has threatened to decertify it, which could unravel the accord despite the wishes of Washington’s European allies, the majority of the international community and the US military.

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