Tehran’s response will be “firm, decisive and crushing” should the US designate the IRGC a terrorist organization, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday as cited by Tasnim news agency.

“We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” Qasemi stated during a news conference.

“If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing,” he said, adding that the US would have to accept the consequences.

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Earlier it was reported that Washington is preparing tougher sanctions on Tehran, including the possible designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group.

US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on the Islamic Republic, criticizing it for supporting terrorism and vowing to “put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

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