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Trump prompts Rouhani administration, IRGC to close ranks

Despite their many differences, the Rouhani administration and the IRGC are showing a unified stance amid talk of a US plan to designate the Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

Head of the Mohammad Rasulallah Revolutionary guard's base Hossein Hamedani (R), Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani (L) and Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari attend a conference to mark the martyrs of terrorism in Tehran September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - GM1E7961ELB01

In the wake of emerging reports that Washington is preparing to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the commander of the Guard Corps have adopted a unitary position, warning the White House over the possible consequences of such a move.

In a meeting on the coordination for holding the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, IRGC commander Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Oct. 9, “There is a good harmony between Mr. Zarif and myself in announcing our positions against the enemies, and the enmity of our enemies against Iran and its capabilities in the defense, political and social sectors.”

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