U.S. President Donald Trump introduced Monday that the U.S. is designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “international terrorist group,” in an effort to extend stress on the nation.
It’s the first time that the U.S. has designated part of one other nation as a terrorist group.
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The designation imposes sanctions that embody freezes on belongings the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps might have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Individuals doing enterprise with it.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Division of State, acknowledges the fact that Iran shouldn’t be solely a State Sponsor of Terrorism, however that the IRGC actively participates in, funds, and promotes terrorism as a device of statecraft,” Trump stated in a press release.
Iran has threatened to retaliate for the choice.
The designation permits the U.S. to disclaim entry to individuals discovered to have supplied the Guard with materials assist or prosecute them for sanctions violations. That might embody European and Asian corporations and businesspeople who take care of the Guard’s many associates.
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It’s going to additionally complicate diplomacy. With out exclusions or waivers to the designation, U.S. troops and diplomats might be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who work together with Guard officers or surrogates.
The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence businesses have raised issues concerning the affect of the designation if the transfer doesn’t permit contact with international officers who might have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. These issues have partly dissuaded earlier administrations from taking the step, which has been thought of for greater than a decade.
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