U.S. expected to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980

Enlarge Image Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980. EPA

The United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organisation, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country's military a terrorist group.

"If the Revolutionary Guards are placed on America's list of terrorist groups, we will put that country's military on the terror blacklist next to Daesh", Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament's national security committee, said on Twitter.

Last year, CNN reported that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats cautioned the administration that designating the IRGC could pose dangers to U.S. forces, according to one source familiar with the matter.

Reuters reports that some critics believe the move could create a precedent which could prompt governments hostile to the United States to take similar action against USA military and intelligence.

The move has been rumored for years, but the decision to act is one more step in the Trunp administration policy of piling pressure on the Islamic Republic.

CNN reported in July 2018 that the administration was considering the designation.

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The WSJ also reported that US officials claim "national security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been strong proponents of the move, which is meant to help the USA crackdown on businesses in Europe and elsewhere controlled by the IRGC". "The designation of the IRGC would send that message".

The announcement would come ahead of the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and to reimpose sanctions that had crippled Iran's economy.

IRGC Commander-in-Chief, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said if Washington does so then the U-S military will no longer have calm in West Asia.

Iran will take reciprocal action against the United States if Washington designates the elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as terrorists, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said today, according to state news agency Irna.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was formed after Iran's 1979 revolution with a mission to defend the government, in contrast to more traditional military units that protect borders.

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