US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

The Revolutionary Guards have amassed power within Iran, including holding significant economic interests.

The US 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 State Department perhaps as early as tomorrow, the US officials said last week.

Meanwhile, past year Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats cautioned the administration designating the IRGC could pose dangers to USA forces, according to one source familiar with the matter.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a strident Iran hawk, has advocated the change in U.S. policy as part of the Trump administration's tough posture toward Tehran.

The Pentagon declined to comment and referred queries to the State Department.

"The designation of IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization is precedent setting". Never before has the FTO sanctions tool been directed at a state-body.

In a Saturday tweet, the senior lawmaker wrote, "If IRGC is placed on America's list of terrorist groups, we will put that country's military on the terror blacklist besides Daesh [ISIL]".

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.

"#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.

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.

The decades-long conflict between Tehran and Washington reignited past year when President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic.

IRGC is also the group responsible for capturing and interrogating ten USA sailors after two of their boats entered Iranian waters in 2016.

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