RT reports today that the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the U.S. has to move its bases 1,000km away from Iran’s borders if it plans to keep sanctions in place, or risk paying a price. Iranian Tasnim news agency quoted the commander as saying, “In case the U.S. wants to insist on pursuing sanctions against Iran’s defense sector and the IRGC, it needs to first dismantle its regional bases within a range of 1,000km around Iranian borders”. He added, “Washington should be aware that it will pay dearly for any miscalculations.”
Major General Jafari’s comments come a day after the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed a new set of sanctions against 16 entities and individuals it accused of providing material support to the Iranian military and its missile program. Chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, also warned the U.S. authorities of the “big risks” they face by imposing sanctions against the IRGC. He also said, “Drawing an analogy between the IRGC and terrorist groups and imposing the same sanctions (used against terrorists) on the IRGC would be a big risk to the U.S. and its bases and forces stationed in the region.”
RT report found here.