Iran is warning the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, saying it would put the United States on the side of the Islamic State group.
Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters Tuesday the guards are “the defender of the nation” and if the United States designates the military force a terror organization “it puts itself in the camp of terrorists.”
"Any country that wants to have such a position about the Guards will share this view with the Daesh terrorists," he said, using another name the Islamic State group.
Trump has repeatedly bashed a deal signed last year by Iran and leading world powers curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri told ISNA if Trump decides to designate the Guards as terrorists, Iran would “teach Americans a new lesson.”