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US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a ‘terrorist organisation’ | All Charts News - breaking news english

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Date created : 08/04/2019 – 16:52

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the US had designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a “foreign terrorist organisation” as part of efforts to increase international pressure on the country.

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The US has never before used the “terrorist” designation for a foreign government entity. The United States had already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for their affiliations with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) but not the organisation as a whole.

Trump said in a statement Monday that the move “recognises the reality” that Iran is a state-sponsored supporter of terrorism and that the Revolutionary Guard is an active participant.

Administration officials have said the step will help to further isolate Iran and make clear that the US will not tolerate Iran’s continued support for rebel groups and others that destabilise the Middle East.

The designation will introduce new sanctions, freeze assets and ban Americans from doing business with the group.

Critics have warned the move could subject US military and intelligence officials to similar actions by other governments. Iran has also threatened to retaliate.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)