The IRGC is a branch of Iran’s Armed Forces founded after 1979 Revolution, but is now classed in the same bracket as organisations like ISIS as far as the Trump administration is concerned. The danger was highlighted by RT correspondent John Huddy, who explained: “The Trump administration officially put Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps on the US State Department’s list of designated foreign terrorist organisations, thus joining other groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, among many others. The designation went into effect today and it certainly raises concerns about the spectre of war, particularly between the US and Iran.
“The IRGC runs Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
“It’s also tied to the country’s shipping and banking industries.
“The US says that the IRGC also supports Islamic militant groups around the world.
“The State Department estimates that Iran and the IRGC funds Hezbollah, which is an enemy of Israel, to the tune of $700 million a year.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would make the symbolic but unprecedented move, which immediately was condemned by Iran and created concerns about reprisal attacks on U.S. forces.
The IRGC is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. It also is involved with the country’s banking and shipping industries. The new designation makes it easier to prosecute companies or people in the European Union that do business with Iran.
U.S. law already punishes U.S. persons who deal with the IRGC with up to 20 years in prison because of the group’s designation under the U.S. Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, a different U.S. sanctions program.
Tehran agreed under a 2015 deal with world powers to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions that had crippled its economy.
Some of these limits are due to be removed after 10 years, and some others after 15 years.
However, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal last year, saying one of the defects in the accord is that limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire.
On Saturday, France’s ambassador to the United States, G Â©rard Araud, said on Twitter: “It’s false to say that at the expiration of the JCPOA (the nuclear deal), Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium,” adding that sanctions could be reimposed.
Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy and medical purposes and that it has the right to process uranium for reactor fuel under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a global pact to prevent the spread of atomic arms.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Araud’s comments were “a major violation of the object and purpose of the JCPOA,” adding they needed “immediate clarification by Paris, or we act accordingly.”