U.S. Getting Dragged Into 'Quagmire' on Behalf of Netanyahu, Iran's Foreign Minister Says

Zarif blames Israel for U.S. decision to put Iran's Revolutionary Guards on terror watchlist

FILE Photo: Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, October 30, 2018.
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Iran's foreign minister said on Sunday U.S. officials aiming to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist group want to "drag the U.S. into a quagmire" on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

"#NetanyahuFirsters who have long agitated for FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organisaton) of the IRGC fully understand its consequences for US forces in the region. In fact, they seek to drag US into a quagmire on his behalf," Mohammed Javad Zarif said on his Twitter account. "@realDonaldTrump should know better than to be conned into another US disaster." 

On Saturday three U.S. officials said they plan to officially to designate Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, marking the first time Washington has formally labeled another country's military a terrorist group. 

The decision, which critics warn could open U.S. military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments abroad, is expected to be announced by the U.S. State Department, perhaps as early as Monday, the officials said. It has been rumored for years.