Trump Administration To Designate Iranian Guard Corps As Terrorist Group

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade in Tehran Iran

Iran's Revolutionary Guards at the Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran January 31, 2013.

The decision, which critics warn could open US military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments overseas, is expected to be announced by the US State Department, perhaps as early as Monday, the officials said.

U.S. officials say an announcement could come as early as tomorrow, after a months-long escalation in the administration's rhetoric against Iran.

A former State Department official cautioned against the move. "The designation of the IRGC would send that message".

The United States added Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to its antiterrorism sanctions list in October 2017, but in the statement announcing the decision, the Department of Treasury emphasized that the development did not mean the us designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization.

IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in 2017 if Trump went ahead with the move "then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world".

The decades-long conflict between Tehran and Washington reignited previous year when President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the USA out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. The MPs warned that the response will make the "the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of the terrorist groups in the region, regret their foolish actions".

On 26 March, the United States introduced a new round of sanctions against Iran by adding 16 entities and nine individuals to the sanctions list over their alleged financial support of the IRGC and other units of the Iranian Armed Forces.

"A formal designation and its consequences may be new, but these IRGC butchers have been terrorists for a long time", Sasse said.

"#NetanyahuFirsters who have long agitated for FTO designation of the IRGC fully understand its consequences for USA forces in the region", Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, Iran's regional arch-enemy. "The footage shows a US flying drone starts malfunctioning and makes a rough landing in a desert area 10 kilometers away from its base", Fars stated."The footage that displays the IRGC's penetration into the USA spy drone's intel has been recorded by an IRGC drone flying above the scene".

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