Iran says that it will treat U.S. military members as if they were ISIS, and threatened U.S. military bases within reach of their missile capabilities in response to the possibility that President Donald Trump might take steps to heighten sanctions against the country.
What they responding to?
Trump has threatened to "decertify" the Iran Deal implemented by former President Barack Obama. This wouldn't pull the U.S. out of the deal immediately, but would force Congress to decide whether to impose sanctions on the country within 60 days.
Trump also is mulling over declaring Iran's security force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp., a terrorist organization. While some individuals in the entity have already been declared terrorists by U.S. agencies, this would apply to the entire body.
What is Iran threatening?
“We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said about Trump's proposals.
“If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences,” he continued.
A commander of the IRGC responded, saying, “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.”
He added that the U.S. would need to move their military bases beyond Iran's missile capabilities, implying that they would be under threat of attack.
What has Trump said about the Iran Deal in the past?
During his presidential campaign in 2016, then-candidate Trump promised that he would end Obama's Iran Deal, calling it "one of the worst deals ever made."