Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will soon be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), according to an statement published on the White House’s official website on Monday (April 8, 2019).
An extract from the US President Donald Trump’s statement reads:
“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 statement further reads:
“The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
Citing the fact that the United States will be designating a part of another government as a FTO for the first time, the statement attempts to defend such unprecedented decision:
“It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.”
Trump’s statement also puts forward some rationale behind the decision:
“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. If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”
“This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.”
Update (April 16, 2019): The Trump administration has turned its decision made last week into reality. The USA officially designated IRGC as an FTO, according to a notice published in the U.S. Federal Register on Monday (April 15, 2019).