United States to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Over Ballistic Missile Program

United States to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Over Ballistic Missile Program

United States to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Over Ballistic Missile Program

In mid-June the US Senate voted for a new legislation that binds the US administration to enforce new penalties on Iran, including imposing sanctions on the country's ballistic-missile program and designating the Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.

Mohammad Bagheri, Iran's armed forces chief of staff, warned Washington on Monday that putting the IRGC on the list of terrorist groups will pose a "big risk" for US forces and its military bases in the region.

"Counting the Revolutionary Guards the same as terrorist groups and applying similar sanctions to the Revolutionary Guards is a big risk for America and its bases and forces deployed in the region", said Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri, according to Sepah News, an official news site of the Guards.

The legislation is waiting for the approval of the House of Representatives and the signature of President Donald Trump before becoming a law.

Passed by a vote of 98-2, the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 is supposed to impose new mandatory sanctions against persons and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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He did not give details on what form of risk he foresaw for U.S. forces and bases.

Iran's top army chief on Monday threatened attacks on U.S. military bases in the Middle East in the event that Washington imposes sanctions on the regime.

Baqeri reasserted the defensive nature of Iran's missile development and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power is not subject to compromise and is not negotiable at any level". He was apparently referring to US Defence Secretary James Mattis' recent statement underlining the importance of a regime change in Tehran if Iran-US ties need to be recalibrated.

Elsewhere his remarks, the top general said the Iranian military has promoted its defense capabilities more than ever.

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