He made the remarks today in Tehran in a ceremony held to introduce the newly appointed commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami.
US anger against IRGC is not surprising, he said, adding that Washington showed its anger by designating the force as a foreign terrorist organization. “Criminals who support terrorists by providing weapons and financial aids are introducing IRGC as a terrorist body. And no less is expected from the enemy.”
The United States has formally designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a notice in the US Federal Register confirmed on April 15. In retaliation, Iranian Parliament ratified 13-article pro-IRGC motion on Tuesday which officially designates US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Bagheri pointed to US recent decision to not extend sanctions waivers for buyers of Iran's oil, saying, “After 40 years, the Iranian nation has reached a level of power so as to stand on its feet with any amount of oil sales.” This can be an opportunity to reduce dependence on oil, he highlighted.
The White House announced on Monday that it will not renew sanctions waivers for countries which import Iranian crude oil. The waivers had been in place since November when the administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran after Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.