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Pompeo was testifying before the Republican-controlled committee, a session that came the same week President Donald Trump designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a "terrorist" organization, prompting concerns about future clashes between the USA and Iranian forces.More news: Johnson busted with cell in game, fined by 76ers
State television showed crowds shouting "What's America thinking?"
Tehran's Imam and the former secretary-general of Combatant Clergy Association who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts said US President Donald Trump "took an aggressive and stupid stance" by designating the IRGC a terrorist group.
The 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guards also command the volunteer paramilitary Basij and control Iran's ballistic missile programme.More news: The Newest: Fed rate cut easing is wanted by Trump
Revolutionary Guards commanders have repeatedly warned United States bases in the Middle East and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within range of Iranian missiles.
The Guards' overseas Quds forces have fought Iran's proxy wars in the strife-toen region.
The IRGC statement said the USA blacklisting of the force was the latest in a series of the White House's back-to-back failures in the Middle East, and added that the U.S. decision made the IRGC more determined to improve its defense and offensive capabilities. "This measure against CENTCOM was a tit-for-tat act against the IRGC [blacklisting]".More news: United Kingdom police, signage manufacturer collaborate on device to battle texting drivers
Pompeo declined to directly answer the question, saying he would defer to lawyers, but claimed that there is "no doubt there's a connection" between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda, according to a report by Politico.