IRAN has threatened to treat US troops like the barbaric Islamic State (ISIS) if Donald Trump bolsters new sanctions against Tehran.
And Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC), warned US military forces could be in danger of an Iranian missile attack if Washington doesn’t back down.
His chilling warning comes after President Donald Trump was expected to announced plans to respond to Iran’s missile programme and designate Iran's most powerful security force, the IRGC, as a terrorist organisation, as he rolls out a broader US strategy on Iran.
Mr Jafari said through state media: "As we've announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran's missiles.”
He also warned additional sanctions would end any chances for future dialogue with the US.
Mr Jafari added: “If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East.”
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi also promised to give a "crushing" response if the US designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.
It comes a week before President Trump is set to announce his final decision on how he wants to contain Tehran.
On October 15 the American leader is expected to "decertify" a landmark 2015 international deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme, a step that by itself stops short of pulling out of the agreement but gives Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.