Israel responds to Trump’s designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist...

Israel responds to Trump’s designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization

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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on January 14, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. Courtesy: State Department
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on January 14, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. Courtesy: State Department

THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump released a statement on Monday that reads in part:

“Today, I am formally announcing my Administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.  The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”

The statement continues,

“This designation will be the first time that the United States has ever named a part of another government as a FTO. It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments. This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime. It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC.  Trump warn.

If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

In anticipation of the Trump administration’s designation of the IRGC as an FTO, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif writes on Twitter:

Haaretz, a left-leaning Israeli newspaper, concurs that this move by Trump is designed to bolster Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s chances for reelection and that the gambit will backfire. In its editorial today titled, “How Netanyahu Saved Assad, Helped Russia and Gave Iran the Run of Syria,” Haaretz says the entire venture will expose “Israel to potentially disastrous consequences.”

Doug Christian, The White House

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