Trump's Iran deal could designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as terrorists

Trump's Iran deal could designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as terrorists”

The new sanctions included four entities, including a Chinese company, for its relationship with the Revolutionary Guards.

Trump and Mnuchin said the Revolutionary Guards has supported Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, as well as terrorist groups Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories.

In statement, DMO was recorded in training, personnel and equipment assistance to forces of Jerusalem.

Jafari, who was appointed the commander of the IRGC in 2007 by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, also warned that Iran would respond to additional USA sanctions by expanding its missile capabilities, which already pose a threat to most US bases in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The same Treasury Department statement also designated three Iran-based organizations that provide technical and financial support to the IRGC. Any new sanctions that the Trump administration places on the IRGC under the new authority will make foreign investors more anxious that they could inadvertently do business with an IRGC-owned or -affiliated company and then expose themselves to punishment from the US.

A significant contribution to Iranian Army missile industry, Saig was added to list of sanctions by United Nations and European Union in 2010.

Earlier on Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US President Donald Trump would not ask Congress to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

According to the Iranian official, the most recent threats made by Trump about Iran will lead the United States to "regret".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reacted angrily, promising to retaliate if the U.S. tries to reimpose sanctions. "If so, expect to see Iranian proxies start killing United States military personnel again in Iraq or in Afghanistan or Syria". If the Guard is labeled as a terrorist organization, it will negatively impact the guards' many lucrative business ventures at home and overseas.

The IRGC is an official branch of Iran's armed forces, though it commands proxy forces in the region and holds vast political and economic influence. "The Revolutionary Guards, in all the days of danger, have defended our national interests", Rohani said on Twitter.

"We believe that the agreement is weak and does not provide answers to many important questions", he said.

But if that were to happen, he continues, "there could be internal pressure to shrink the IRGC's purview and remove it from at least the economic and commercial sector".

"We are not a war-mongering country".

"I think of it as a distinction without a difference in terms of what the impact will be and how the Iranians are going to read it", Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution and a former State Department adviser on Iran, told me.

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