On Monday, President Donald Trump stated that he would label Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, in a groundbreaking step that drew Iranian criticism and raised anxiety about retaliatory assaults on U.S. forces.
The action by Trump, who has taken a hard step toward Iran by pulling out from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-enforcing comprehensive economic sanctions, marks the first time the United States has formally categorized another country’s military as a terrorist group.
The U.S. move, which comes into effect on 15 April, caused a prompt response from Iran, and its Supreme National Security Council in return delegated U.S. military forces as a “terrorist organization”.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state news agency that the U.S. military bases and their military forces in the region will be regarded as terrorist bases and terrorist forces that will be handled and confronted proportionately. He even called the US decision as a crucial strategic error.
Trump in a statement stated that the IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and enforcing its global terrorist campaign. His administration has for a long time condemned Iran for its clout in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Critics of Trump’s judgment stated that it was largely emblematic because U.S. law already carries punishments of up to 20 years in prison for U.S. persons who deal with the IRGC because of its mark under another U.S. sanctions program, the U.S. Specially Designated Global Terrorist list.
Senior U.S. military commanders share Trump’s concerns about Iran and the IRGC but long averse the designation because of concern over a possible backlash against U.S. forces in the Middle East and the problems it could develop for U.S. partners who maintain a relationship with Iran, U.S. officials stated.