Donald Trump announces US has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as 'foreign terrorist organisation'

Donald Trump announces US has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as 'foreign terrorist organisation'

President Donald Trump has announced that the US is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a "foreign terrorist organisation", in an effort to increase pressure on the country.

It is the first time the US has designated a part of another country as a terrorist organisation.

The designation imposes sanctions that include freezes on assets the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may have in US jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it.

Mr Trump said in a statement: "This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognises 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."

Iran has threatened to retaliate for the decision.

The designation allows the US to deny entry to people found to have provided the Guard with material support or prosecute them for sanctions violations.

That could include European and Asian companies and business people who deal with the Guard's many affiliates.

It will also complicate diplomacy.

Without exclusions or waivers to the designation, US troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates.

The Pentagon and US intelligence agencies have raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move does not allow contact with foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel.

Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade.

More on this topic

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani: An opportunity to guide Iran toward greater opennessDjavad Salehi-Isfahani: An opportunity to guide Iran toward greater openness

Scores killed as Iran cracks down on fuel protests – AmnestyScores killed as Iran cracks down on fuel protests – Amnesty

Iran flags timely major oil discoveryIran flags timely major oil discovery

Iran begins work on second nuclear power reactorIran begins work on second nuclear power reactor

More in this Section

British tourist, 50, shot dead in robbery outside Buenos Aires hotelBritish tourist, 50, shot dead in robbery outside Buenos Aires hotel

Violence flares in New Delhi over Indian citizenship lawViolence flares in New Delhi over Indian citizenship law

Greta Thunberg stuck on floor of crowded German train after climate summitGreta Thunberg stuck on floor of crowded German train after climate summit

Gove seeks to quash calls for Scottish independence vote amid Sturgeon warningsGove seeks to quash calls for Scottish independence vote amid Sturgeon warnings


Lifestyle

Last week, en route to La Gomera in the Canary Islands, I decide to stop off in Tenerife and take the 1.2km cable car ride to the top of Mount Teide, 3,660m above sea level. Cable cars are invariably an exciting way to travel.Dursey Island is a special place because of its remoteness

It can be considered offensive by some but generally the word ‘tinker’ is not considered rude says the Traveller’s advocacy group Pavee Point. Over time the term became synonymous with ‘Traveller’ and it is this which is current today.The Islands of Ireland: Tinkering with the past on Tinker’s Island in West Cork

Dr Naomi Lavelle explores some questions about walking upside-downAppliance of Science: Could humans copy insects' ability to walk upside-down?

Emer Corridan is the general manager at the award-winning four-star, Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry.You've Been Served: Emer Corridan, general manager at Cahernane House, Killarney

More From The Irish Examiner