Anti-IRGC stance would harm Washington

Thursday, October 4, 2007

A senior Iranian official has said the US approach toward the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) would work to its disadvantage.

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani Commenting on speculations by Western media regarding the US threat to place the IRGC on its list of foreign terrorist groups, he called the measure as 'astonishing' and said, "No reason has yet been presented for such behavior."

"The US made a mistake with regard to Iran's nuclear program," Larijani said, calling on Washington to avoid making another mistake - this time involving the IRGC.

"The US could have raised this in any of the three rounds of talks held with Iran or via its Interests Section at the Switzerland Embassy in Tehran. We have yet received no messages from them on the issue. They've just made hue and cry."

"Given the constructive and positive talks between Iran and the IAEA, some believe that Washington is out to create a negative atmosphere by leveling groundless accusations against Iran to make certain countries advocate a new resolution against Tehran," he observed.