The US President, for the first time in the history of his country, formally labelled another nation’s military a terrorist group, a move which singles out Iran as a country “promoting terrorism”. But Tehran was quick to retaliate and blacklisted under the same label the US military forces. Iran’s state-run TV said: “Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has labelled American military forces as a terrorist organisation.” The Tehran Government also warned Mr Trump’s “regime” the President’s move may have stark repercussions and could endanger peace and stability in the Middle East and globally.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a statement: “This unwise and illegal measure is a major threat to regional and international stability and peace.
“Iran labels the American regime as a supporter of terrorism.”
Mr Trump further escalated the already tense relationships with Iran earlier today by issuing a statement on Monday where it accuses Tehran of “promoting terrorism”.
The statement read: “Today, I am formally announcing my administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a FTO under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognises the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.
“The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
The US President argued Tehran doesn’t act like “other Governments” and represents a danger for the world’s stability.
By designating the IRGC as a terrorist force, Mr Trump wants to “send a clear message” not only to the country but also to those still having an economic relationship with Iran, despite the ban issued by the US during the summer of 2018.
Among them, there is the European Union, who have been tried to navigate around the sanctions launched by Mr Trump after he pulled from the Iran nuclear deal.
The statement continued: “This designation will be the first time that the United States has ever named a part of another government as a FTO.
“It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other Governments.
“This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime.
“It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC.
“If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.
“This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.
“We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behaviour.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was founded following the 1979 revolution to defend Iran’s borders and maintain the order, but with time its officials gained a social, political and economic role.
The IRGC is also in charge of Iran’s ballistic missiles and nuclear programmes.