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.

“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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