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On Monday, Iran’s IRGC, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was formally designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, which places it on par with groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. The move has been debated for over a decade, but has not been followed through until now.
This is the first time in our history that the United States has designated the military of another nation as a terrorist organization.
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For its part, Iran says it will “retaliate” and “blacklist” the US military.
The White House stated in a press release:
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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. 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.
THIS DESIGNATION WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER NAMED A PART OF ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AS A 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.
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THIS ACTION SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO TEHRAN THAT ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. WE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE FINANCIAL PRESSURE AND RAISE THE COSTS ON THE IRANIAN REGIME FOR ITS SUPPORT OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY UNTIL IT ABANDONS ITS...
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