Trump Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

CNS News | 4/8/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) - "Today, I am formally announcing my Administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act," President Trump said Monday in a statement released by the White House.

"This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft. The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign."

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President Trump noted that this is the first time the United States has ever named a part of another government as an FTO: "It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments. This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime. It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC. If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism."

The White House said it will continue to increase financial pressure on Iran until it abandons its "malign and outlaw behavior."

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