Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warned the European Union on Saturday against making a “mistake” by designating it as a terror organization after the bloc’s parliament asked for the designation.
The vote is non-binding, but it comes as EU foreign ministers prepare to debate increasing sanctions against Iran next week.
“If the Europeans make a mistake, they must accept the repercussions,” IRGC leader Major General Hossein Salami said in his first words on the EU action, according to the Guards’ Sepah News website.
“The European Union believes that by making such words, it can unsettle this massive army,” Salami remarked.
“We are never concerned about such threats, or even acting on them, since whenever our opponents give us an opportunity to act, we act even stronger,” he continued.
The Revolutionary Guards command the volunteer Basij paramilitary group, which has been fighting protesters since mid-September, sparked by the murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s women’s dress code.