August 28, 2007 / 2:23 PM / 10 years ago

Iran says to respond if U.S. labels Guards "terrorist"

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran would respond if the United States were to label the Islamic state’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist” force, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

<p>Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards beat themselves with chains during a religious gathering to protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, that were published in European newspapers, in Tehran, Iran March 29, 2006. Iran would respond if the United States were to label the Islamic state's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist" force, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

“They know that any action against the Iranian nation would be faced with a proper response,” Ahmadinejad, himself a former Guards commander, told a news conference.

But he also said he believed it was “highly unlikely that the American government will take such an illogical approach ... it would be a joke I guess.”

U.S. officials said this month Washington may soon name the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist group, a move that would enable the United States to target the force’s finances.

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