Iran warned the US against designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) a terrorist group and said US regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed.
The warning came after the White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump would announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests , support for "terrorism," and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy.
"As we've announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000-kilometer range of Iran's missiles," Guards' commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said , according to state media.
Jafari also said that additional sanctions would end the chances for future dialogue with the US, according to state media, and issued a stark warning to American troops.
"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 particularly in the Middle East," Jafari said.
The IRGC is Iran's most powerful internal and external security force. The Quds Force, the IRGC's foreign espionage and paramilitary wing , and individuals and entities associated with the IRGC are on the US list of foreign terrorist organizations, but the organization as a whole is not.
Iran sees the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State as an existential threat to the Islamic Republic where the majority of the population are Shi'ites.
On June 7, Islamic State claimed an attack on Tehran's parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, killing 18 people. The Guards fired missiles at Islamic State bases in Syria on June 18 in response.
Guards commanders have framed their military involvement in Iraq and Syria, where they are fighting to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad , as a fight against Islamic State.
Dozens of members of the Guards, including senior commanders, have been killed in Syria and Iraq.
BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's national weather observatory on Thursday renewed a blue alert as Typhoon Damrey continues to bring gales to the South China Sea.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, the eye of Damrey was over the South China Sea, 1 ,060 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, packing winds of up to 23 meters per second, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Under the joint influence of the typhoon and a cold front, the southern part of the East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, most of the South China Sea and the Beibu Gulf will be hit by strong gales from Thursday evening to Friday evening.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall in southern Vietnam on Saturday morning , according to the NMC.
The NMC suggested local governments take precautions against possible disasters, and ships in affected areas return to port.
China has a four-tier color-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
HAVANA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- "Raul Castro: A Man in Revolution" , the biography written by Russian author Nicolai S. Leonov, was presented on Tuesday in Havana during a special session of the Caribbean island's National Assembly of People's Power.
The publication of the book, which offered an insight into the personality of the Cuban leader, "is an encouragement so that he ( President Raul Castro) continues with a firm hand planning Cuba's immediate destiny and that his name will always appear alongside Fidel's (Castro)," said Havana historian Eusebio Leal while presenting the book before over 600 congress members.
The book, available in Spanish and Russian , begins with Castro' s birth on July 3, 1931 and ends on Dec. 17, 2014, when Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama surprised the world by simultaneously announcing that their countries would seek a thaw of relations.
Among many moments captured in the book are the first years of the Cuban Revolution after the triumph on Jan. 1, 1959; the literacy campaign; the fight against rebels; the economic crisis ( known as the "Special Period") on the island after the Soviet Union disappeared; the current measures to "update" the Cuban socialist model.
After highlighting the Cuban leader's qualities such as his " organized character, his discipline , generosity and capacity to have reached political maturity while he was in the fullness of youth," Leal also mentioned Castro's modesty.
Raul Castro has steered clear of all types of biographies previously commenting that it had never been the right time according to the Havana historian.
However as Leonov and Castro have been friends for 62 years, Raul gave his permission for the Russian author, a retired lieutenant general and doctor in Historic Sciences and a titular professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Leonov was sent to study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Faculty of Philology and Philosophy in May 1953 and during his studies he met 22-year-old Raul Castro, a fellow- student.
The illustrated book contains some 80 photographs, some of which have never been published before , alongside "beautiful pages of a history that we should never forget" said Leal.
This was the first official presentation of Leonov's books in Cuba.
by Sun Xiaozheng and Xia Peng
NANJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- On summer days, Yang Rui enjoys strolling near an ancient wall encircling east China's Nanjing.
Her leisure moment is seldom disturbed by the bricks' pock-marking with bullet holes left 78 years ago when invading Japanese troops captured the then Chinese capital.
"I seldom noticed those marks of war before," admits Yang, a 25-year-old .