US president, Donald Trump, yesterday announced that his country was designating Iran’s elite military, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a foreign terrorist organization marking the first time the country had formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group.
Iran retaliated immediately by calling the US a state sponsor of terrorism as reported by the country’s news agency.
Iran also condemned the US decision as an illegal act prompted by Tehran’s regional influence and “success in fighting against Islamic State,” Iranian state TV said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but not the organisation as a whole.
Monday’s move allows the US to deny entry to people found to have provided the IRGC with material support or prosecute them for sanctions violations which could include European and Asian companies and businesspeople who deal with the IRGC’s many affiliates.