The Trump administration is said to be considering
a proposal that could result in designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to government officials
involved in the ongoing discussions. Few details of the proposal or discussions
have emerged, leaving many to speculate about the direction of the
administration’s policies towards Iran.
Early decisions, however, point to an
administration in search of ways to turn up the heat on Iran without
overhauling the nuclear deal, an option that is widely viewed as impractical by
lawmakers and allies.
On Thursday, the President took
to Twitter to announce that Iran had “been formally PUT ON
NOTICE” for conducting missile tests. The string of posts that followed
was another jab at Tehran after sanctions
were lifted on the country and Iranian immigrants
and visa-holders were denied access to American soil in line with the
executive order. Designating the all-powerful IRGC as
a terrorist organization could compel Iran’s leaders to consider a more
aggressive response than critical
A terror label may be the administration’s next
step in an early policy of applying pressure on Iran after – according to many –
Obama’s policies allowed the country and its forces to grow in influence. While
early indications from the administration, including discussions on a potential
IRGC terrorist designation, match the track
record of some of its most senior members, President
Trump and his team would be wise to fully consider what designating one of the
region’s most powerful armed forces as a terrorist organization may entail.
President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could
lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar
with the matter.
officials said several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such
a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures the United States has
already imposed on individuals and entities linked to the IRGC.
IRGC is by far Iran’s most powerful security entity, which also has control
over large stakes in Iran’s economy and huge influence in its political