“The Islamic revolutionary guard corps” serves for the terrorist campaign of Iran’s leadership, Trump said in a statement. Washington will continue to put pressure on Tehran, the US Secretary of state noted.
The United States has made the Iranian power structure “of the Islamic revolutionary guards Corps” (IRGC) to its list of foreign terrorist organizations. This US President Donald Trump said in the White House on Monday, April 8. The IRGC is the “main means” of the authorities of the Islamic Republic to “implement its global terrorist campaign”, the statement of the head of state says.
The IRGC “invests in terrorism while the people of Iran suffer”, said the US national security adviser John Bolton.
“We must help the people of Iran regain their freedom”, the United States Secretary of state Michael Pompeo wrote on his Twitter microblog. According to him, “maximum pressure” on Tehran will not stop until “the Iranian regime abandons its deadly ambitions”.
The Islamic revolutionary guard corps is an elite unit of the Iranian army. It was founded after the Islamic revolution in 1979 to protect the regime established in the country.
Washington’s decision was welcomed by the Bahraini foreign Ministry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tehran responded by declaring Washington a state sponsor of terrorism
In turn, Tehran has declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism”. The Supreme national security Council of the Islamic Republic has ranked as a terrorist organization located in the middle East contingent of American troops, according to Iranian news Agency IRNA.
Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a note of protest to the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran, which represents the diplomatic interests of the United States in Iran.
US sanctions against Iran
In May 2018, the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. This document provided for the implementation by Tehran a number of steps to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
Then Washington resumed sanctions against Iran and demanded that the allied States stop buying oil from it under the threat of penalties for companies-buyers. Companies that intend to do business with the IRGC, thus “will Finance terrorism”, Trump said in a statement.