In a show of support, Iranian lawmakers wore Guards' uniforms to parliament on Tuesday, chanting "Death to America" as Iran marked the annual National Day of the Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Speaking before a group of IRGC staff and their families on the eve of the National Day of Guards, Khamenei said that U.S. officials wishfully plot against the Corps and the Iranian revolution.
Monday's USA move, formally under the State Department's purview, has been made as part of the White House's increasingly aggressive strategy towards Iran.
The US Treasury Department already had more than 970 Iranian individuals and entities on its sanctions list.
"You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region... you are the leader of world terrorism", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed yesterday in a televised address to the nation, while accusing the US of shielding terrorists in the region. In direct response to Washington's decision, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) reciprocally declared the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) "all its affiliates" to be terrorists, a point they continued to emphasize today. "We must put maximum pressure on Iran and designating the IRGC as an FTO is a good step in that direction", said the group.
As President Donald Trump outlined in a statement, "This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognises the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft".
President Trump is forcing other countries to make a choice. "No one in this world, no country on earth can claim that it has suffered more from terrorism than Iran".
It has since become a major military, political and economic force in Iran, with close ties to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and many other senior figures hailing from its ranks.
On Monday, Trump designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.
The designation, however, could significantly complicate US military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to the Guard.
A future US administration that possibly seeks to chart a new course in US-Iran relations by bringing back diplomacy will have a harder time doing so because of this IRGC terrorist designation. The Emirati official also stated that the "ensuing instability" resulting from American efforts to oust Iran's regime "will create serious problems for the region".
The Foreign Terrorist Organization designation now will be reviewed by Congress. Most likely, such understandings of the dangers of the administration's latest move to intensify "maximum pressure" against Iran explain why prominent and high-ranking members of the U.S. military have voiced grave concerns over this designation. "It displays an ambition by proponents of confrontation with Iran to restrict Trump's deal-making instinct, and also to make it as hard as possible for the next USA president to engage with the Islamic Republic". This has enabled Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to portray itself as a bulwark against Israel and a protector of Muslim nations.
"You are at the top of terrorism in the entire world".