TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in an IRGC Strategic Council session on Sunday that if US enacts Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act known as CAATSA against Iran, then it should move back its regional military bases up to a 2000-kilometer-range of Iranian missiles.
The commander stressed that the new sanctions will ruin any chance of interaction for ever. “these sanctions completes a JCPOA experience for us and that experience is US employs negotiation as a tool to practice animosity and pressure not to interact or solve problems” he said .
“The US treatment with Iran approved that we can not set our foreign relations based on JCPOA” General Jafari asserted, “the Americans must know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will use the opportunity created by Trump Administration’s idiotic treatment of the JCPOA to boost its missile program as well as it regional and conventional defense plans”.
In early August, Donald Trump signed into law one of the most wide-ranging sanctions measures of the last five years, known as CAATSA, which enhances three separate sanctions programs targeting Iran, Russia and North Korea.
CAATSA expands US sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program, and enhances the legal basis for existing sanctions targeting the IRGC. It would also establish an additional US legal basis for sanctions targeting IRGC on the allegations of support for terrorism.
In mid-September, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lambasted the US for violating the JCPOA, warning that any “wrong move” concerning the nuclear deal would draw reaction from Iran.
Iran and the Group 5+1 reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and started to implement it in January 2016.