In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, lawmakers attend an open session of the Iranian parliament in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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A tough line from President Donald Trump has been met by a show of unity from both sides of Iran's political divide, uniting hardliners who cast the United States as an implacable enemy with pragmatists who seek rapprochement with the West.Iran, which has kept up a steady drumbeat of angry statements for days, lashed out again on Tuesday, threatening to teach the Americans "new lessons" and keep "all options on the table" if Washington blacklists its Revolutionary Guards.Trump is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization. The IRGC has a vast economic empire in Iran, and blacklisting it could make it more difficult for Iranian businesses to access the global financial system.The Iranian nuclear deal, backed by European countries, China and Russia, lifted broad international sanctions over Iran's nuclear program that had been tightened during the Obama years and had caused severe damage to Iran's economy.The lingering U.S. sanctions have slowed Iran's re-emergence into the world economy, making global banks reluctant to take on business with Iranian firms despite the nuclear deal.
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