Iranians protest USA blacklisting of Revolutionary Guard Corps

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

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Tehran's Imam and the former secretary-general of Combatant Clergy Association who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts said US President Donald Trump "took an aggressive and stupid stance" by designating the IRGC a terrorist group.

State television showed crowds shouting "What's America thinking?"

On April 8, Trump said he would designate Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on USA forces. The Guards' prized unit is the Quds Force, which supports Iran-backed forces around the region, including Syrian President Bashar Assad and Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. We have not named all American forces terrorist.

In an interview with CNN's Christian Amanpour on Thursday, Iran's UK Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad said the American military forces in the Persian Gulf region were in a volatile situation and it wouldn't be wise if they chose to take action against the IRGC.

Responding to the move, Iran's Supreme National Security Council immediately declared the USA as a state sponsor of terrorism and U.S. forces in the region terrorists. "This measure against CENTCOM was a tit-for-tat act against the IRGC [blacklisting]". "The designation was a simple recognition of reality", Pompeo said, citing United States figures that Iran was behind more than 600 deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

The long-tense relations between Tehran and Washington took a turn for the worse last May when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, reached before he took office, and reimposed sanctions.

Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, Sen.

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