Trump Administration To Designate Iranian Guard Corps As Terrorist Group

Minister of Interior Affairs Aryeh Deri

Minister of Interior Affairs Aryeh Deri

The Wall Street Journal, citing United States officials, said the motion could be announced on 8 April.

The officials told the WSJ that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, who have repeatedly railed against Iran, are strong proponents of the designation.

Iran will take reciprocal action against the USA if Washington designates the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as terrorists, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA.

Earlier, the Foreign Policy magazine reported, citing U.S. officials, that the administration of President Donald Trump is considering the possibility of cutting diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq as soon as this year or the next.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated since Washington withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement a year ago and reinstated sanctions against Tehran.

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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.

But Iranian officials say they'll respond in kind and will treat USA military forces "like the Islamic State all around the world", suggesting possible violent confrontations between the two sides.

Iran may put the USA military on its terror list if Washington designates the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards as terrorists, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday.

Such threats are particularly ominous for United States forces in places such as Iraq, where Iran-aligned Shiite militia are located in close proximity to U.S. troops.

The policy change has been rumored for years and in 2017, IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari reportedly said if it was implemented, "then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world".

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Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the move would be an important step in America's maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.

We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action.

The director of the Centre for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School said: "One might even suggest since it's hard to see why this is in our interest if the president isn't looking for a basis for conflict".

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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