Breaking: Trump Designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’

US President Donald Trump has formally designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Washington has declared Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) of Iran as its “primary means” of “implementing its global terrorist campaign.”

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An Unprecedented Step

“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,” a statement from President Trump released on Monday said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the “designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one” and the designation recognizes a “basic reality” with the Revolutionary Guard’s ties to terror plots.

“The IRGC masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled,” Pompeo added.

Last week, responding to rumors that such a move by the US was imminent, Tehran responded by vowing to place the entire U.S. Army on a “terror list” in retaliation. Iran’s Foreign Ministry also said the US was engaged in “economic terrorism” by blocking humanitarian aid to flood victims.