Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps

Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Iranian MPs wore military uniforms and chanted "death to America" in parliament this morning as they marked "Nuclear Day" and protested at the United States decision to designate the Revolutionary Guard as terrorist.

In a show of support, Iranian lawmakers wore Guards uniforms to parliament on Tuesday, chanting "Death to America" as Iran marked the annual National Day of the Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Secretary Pompeo tweeted on April 8, 2019: In an important step to counter the Iranian regime's terrorism, the US has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, incl.

Monday's USA move, formally under the State Department's purview, has been made as part of the White House's increasingly aggressive strategy towards Iran.

U.S. allies in the region also consider the Revolutionary Guards a major security threat, and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia added the IRGC to their terror lists past year.

The IRGC, which has roughly 125,000 military personnel and enjoys growing public support, is also actively cooperating in construction, infrastructure and relief projects.

Rouhani and other Iranian officials have warned that terrorist designation against the IRGC will endanger USA interests in the region.

Rouhani announced that US Central Command (Centcom), the Pentagon wing dealing with US operations in most of the Middle East and Iran, would be classified as a terrorist organisation and the US government as a sponsor of terror.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi says Iraq will continue to invest in its relationship with both the US and Iran despite the White House designation Monday. Immediately after the US move against the IRGC, the SNSC took a retaliatory measure by naming the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization and the USA government as a sponsor of terror. He quickly forged an alliance with President Trump that has already proved to be of great benefit to Israel. While IRGC leaders claim their involvement in the economic sector benefits the Iranian people and economy, in reality, it spends most of the revenues on military expenditures at home and overseas.

Former French President Jacque Chirac, according to a State Department cable, said that "It would be very unsafe to isolate Iran totally.... experience proves that the USA embargo benefits only the extremists".

An Iranian presence is also pervasive in Syria.

In response to the USA move, Iran's Supreme National Security Council announced that the United States would itself be designated a State Sponsor of Terrorism and Centcom, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, would be designated a "terrorist group".

Ultimately, it appears that beyond potential (American and Israeli) domestic political factors in play, the Trump administration's gains from this designation will mainly be symbolic, with no tangible benefits to gain in terms of moderating Iran's most malign conduct.

"The impact (of the terror designation) could be a heightening of barriers to dialogue with Iran", said Al Monitor Associate Editor Mohammad Ali Shabani.

The source welcomed the U.S. move as a "practical and serious step" in curbing what the kingdom describes as Iranian meddling in the region. A foreign ministry official said the designation "translates Saudi Arabi's repeated demands for the worldwide community to confront terrorism supported by Iran".

"Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?" he asked.

Designating the IRGC shouldn't be seen as a move against Iran, but rather an action on behalf of the long-suffering Iranian people, who have endured decades of IRGC state terrorism. President Donald Trump declared the IRGC to be "the Iranian government's primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign". Either join the United States in combating the increasing danger that the Iranian regime poses to peace and security through maximum economic pressure or the United States will be willing to go it alone as the leader of the free world.

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