UPDATED 11:46 AM — Monday, April 8, 2019
The Trump administration officially classifies Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. The White House finalized the decision early Monday, and it’s set to take effect in one week.
The U.S. has branded other foreign organizations as terrorists in the past, but this latest decision marks the first time the U.S. has directly targeted a state-run military group.
During a press conference at the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision comes in response to the country’s ongoing sponsorship of terrorist groups. He went on to say the move should not come as a surprise.
“This designation is a direct response to an outlawed regime and should surprise no one has already sanctioned,” stated Pompeo. “For 40-years the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has actively engaged in terrorism and created, supported and directed other terrorist groups…none of us should be fooled.”
President Trump called the move unprecedented and said the U.S. now not only recognizes Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, but also recognizes that the IRGC actively participates in finances and promotes terrorism as a tool of government.
In response, Iran’s national security council put U.S. Central Command on it’s list of terror groups.