US officially designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

US officially designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

Iranians pretend to hit a man wearing a mask of US President Donal Trump during an anti-US rally following Friday prayers in Tehran on April 12, 2019. – AFP photo

WASHINGTON, April 15

The United States officially designated Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organisation, according to a notice published in the US Federal Register on Monday.

US President Donald Trump said last week he would make the symbolic but unprecedented move, which immediately was condemned by Iran and created concerns about reprisal attacks on US forces.

The IRGC is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programmes. It also is involved with the country’s banking and shipping industries. The new designation makes it easier to prosecute companies or people in the European Union that do business with Iran.

US law already punishes US persons who deal with the IRGC with up to 20 years in prison because of the group’s designation under the US Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, a different US sanctions programme. Reuters

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