Trump administration is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organizatio
Trump administration is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization”
In an unprecedented step to ramp up pressure on Tehran, the Trump administration is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization."
The move is expected to further isolate Iran and could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.
The Trump administration has escalated rhetoric against Iran for months, but this will mark the first such designation by any American administration of an entire foreign government entity. Portions of the Guard, notably its elite Quds Force, have been targeted previously by the United States.
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying in a tweet Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that Trump "should know better than to be conned into another US disaster."
Trump withdrew from the Obama administration's landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018 and, in the months that followed, reimpose punishing sanctions including those targeting Iran's oil, shipping and banking sectors.
The Revolutionary Guard designation comes with sanctions, including freezes on assets the Guard may have in U.S. jurisdictions, and a ban on Americans doing business with it or providing material support for its activities.
However, could significantly complicate U.S. military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to the Guard. And in Lebanon, where the Guard has close ties to Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government.
Without exclusions or waivers to the designation, U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from contact with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who interact with Guard officials or surrogates.
It was not immediately clear whether the designation would include such interactions.