The Trump administration took steps to up the pressure against Iran by labeling Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization; and in response, Iran marked CENTCOM, the United States’ Central Command, a terrorist organization.
“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,” Trump said in a White House statement. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
For decades the United States has stated that Iran is a State Sponsor of Terrorism; however, the new designation, signifies that should another country have dealings with Iran, they could face criminal charges.
The increase in pressure against Iran, speaks to the increased tension in between the two nations. President Trump stated during the announcement; “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”
The decree is the first time that the United States Government has labeled a foreign government as such. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard will now join ISIS, Boko Haram and other groups on the U.S.’s list of terrorist organizations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to a string of attacks and violent plots, which he said gave “ample justification for today’s decision.”
The goal for the Administration is to reshape the power structure in the Middle East; “The Middle East cannot be more stable and peaceful without a weakened IRGC,” an official said.