In May 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic, which was denounced by Trump as the world’s “leading state sponsor of terror.”
The US administration is considering designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization, in a move aimed at ramping up pressure on Tehran, according to CNN.
It cited high-ranking US officials as saying that the designation “would allow the White House to freeze IRGC assets, impose travel bans and levy criminal penalties on top of pre-existing economic sanctions.”
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already signaled support for labeling the IRGC, saying that “the end goal is to convince the Islamic Republic of Iran to be a normal country.”
US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, for his part, cautioned that the designation “could pose dangers to US forces,” a stance that was echoed by some other US officials.
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They warned that designating the IRGC, a powerful arm of Iran’s military, a terror group would be a unprecedented step that may endanger US diplomatic and military officials.
In October 2017, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of “particular risks and…