Iran threatens to blacklist USA army

Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march during a military parade commemorating the start of the Iraq Iran war

The US is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organisation April 8, 2019.

Earlier in the day, Iran vowed to equate U.S. troops to the Daesh* if Washington designates its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation.

The new designation of the IRGC would allow the U.S.to act against companies and individuals who do business with the IRGC.

"We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action", 255 Iranian lawmakers said in a letter over the weekend, according to Reuters.

The expected shift in Washington's policy was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, which cited unnamed United States officials claiming it could be rolled out as soon as Monday.

Qasem Soleimani the commander of the IRGC's Quds Force

The WSJ also reported: "The U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East, is planning to issue a regional alert to U.S. troops in the coming days, a precaution in case the move spurs Iran or the Shiite militias it supports within the region to retaliate, a defense official said".

The move would come almost a year after the president withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, reached between Tehran and six world powers, including the U.S. Obama administration. It has been rumored for years. "A formal designation and its consequences may be new, but these IRGC butchers have been terrorists for a long time", Sasse said in a statement. "In fact, they seek to drag USA into a quagmire on his behalf", Mohammed Javad Zarif said on his Twitter account. "@RealDonaldTrump should know better than to be conned into another United States disaster", Zarif added.

Netanyahu has described the Tehran government as a "terrorist regime" that threatens the world and promotes attacks worldwide in the name of radical Islam.

Iran's most powerful security organisation, the IRGC was set up to protect the country's Shia clerical ruling system after its 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the Western-allied secular monarch Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and led to the formation of the Islamic Republic.




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