Trump Administration Labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a 'Terrorist Organization'

Trump administration expected to designate Iran's IRGC as a terrorist group

Trump said in a statement Monday that the move "recognises the reality" that Iran is a state-sponsored supporter of terrorism and that the Revolutionary Guard is an active participant.

It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing reporters, said that all businesses and banks around the world "now have a clear duty" to cut off all dealings that involve the Revolutionary Guards.

The Pentagon and US intelligence agencies had also raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move did not allow contact with other foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel.

The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but not the organisation as a whole.

The IRGC, a paramilitary organisation which was formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government, was already sanctioned by the US.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Zarif's request was based on the law to deal with USA human rights violations and provocative and terrorist acts in the region, ISNA reported.

The move follows Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a multilateral deal with Iran that was meant to lift crippling economic sanctions in return curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iran's Supreme Security Council has designated the US CENTCOM and related forces as a terrorist organisation, Press TV reported.

"If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism".

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Israeli's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warmly welcomed the move by his "dear friend" Trump.

The move blocks any assets that IRGC entities may have in USA jurisdictions and bars Americans from any transactions with it.

"No other country has the legal right to designate as terrorist another country's armed forces ..."

The designation marks the first time Washington has branded a foreign government official military entity a terrorist group, and is certain to engender thoughts in India to seek a similar designation for the Pakistani military, particularly its intelligence unit ISI, which New Delhi says has always been involved in terrorist activities in India.

A statement signed by a majority of lawmakers in support of the bill said any action against Iran's national security and its armed forces was "crossing a red line" and that the United States administration would "regret" its decision.

"The IRGC's elite Quds Force was previously designated, but this did not dissuade Iran from using its funding, weapons, and personnel to engage in deadly violence around the world", McCaul said in a statement. Their primary role is internal security but experts say that the group - considered Iran's dominant military force - assist Iran's regular army, which has roughly 350,000 soldiers, with external defense.

Israel has long seen Iran as its greatest foe, citing its leaders' hostile rhetoric, suspect nuclear program, development of long-range missiles, and support for anti-Israeli militant groups such as Hizballah. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and other countries have accused the guard of supplying the Houthis with long-range missiles, a charge it denies.

"I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking the long overdue step of designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization", Sen. It controls large sectors of the Iranian economy and has huge influence in its political system.

Critics had warned that such a move could leave United States troops in the region more vulnerable as a result.

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