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The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. that it better move its forces away from his country if Washington imposes new sanctions on his paramilitary group.

“If the U.S. intends to pursue sanctions on the Guard, it should first disassemble its military bases within 1,000 kilometers, or 620 miles,”~Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari

The US has bases in Qatar and Kuwait across the Gulf from Iran and the US Fifth Fleet is based in nearby Bahrain. Jafari warned United States “miscalculation” could have a “high cost”. Such influence, he added, is partly the result of Iran’s military strength and “the roar of the missiles”.

President Hassan Rohani said earlier on Wednesday the new sanctions contravened the nuclear accord with world powers and vowed Tehran would “resist” them, Stars and Stripes reports.

Iran hit back with its own sanctions against “American people and entities that have acted against the Iranian people and other Muslim peoples of the region”. “I think the Americans will fail as we will always respect our global commitments”, Rohani said.

The chief of staff of Iran’s military made a veiled threat against USA forces overseas Thursday in response to the Trump administration’s new sanctions against the country.

Jafari’s comments come a day after the USA departments of State and Treasury imposed sanctions against 18 entities and individuals tied to the Iranian military, IRGC and the country’s ballistic missile program.

“The three networks supported Iran’s military procurement or the IRGC through the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and military equipment for the IRGC, the production and maintenance of fast attack boats for the IRGC-Navy, or the procurement of electronic components for entities that support Iran’s military”, said the statement.

“We are happy that so far the 5+1 (world powers) have stood strongly to protect” the nuclear deal, he said. Major General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari says Iran’s air, ground and sea missile power is growing rapidly.

The significance of the threat falls in line with North Korea, back in May Foxnews reported that Iran and North Korea are in allegiance with each other and have been working with each other on their ICBM’s and warheads.

“The very first missiles we saw in Iran were simply copies of North Korean missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a missile proliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “Over the years, we’ve seen photographs of North Korean and Iranian officials in each other’s countries, and we’ve seen all kinds of common hardware.”

When Iran tested a ballistic missile in late January, the Pentagon said it was based on a North Korean design. Last summer, Iran conducted another missile launch similar to a North Korean Musudan, the most advanced missile Pyongyang has successful tested to date.
Defense analysts say North Korea’s Taepodong missile looks almost identical to Iran’s Shahab.

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