CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 9:59am

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 U.S. 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 President’s controversial executive order. Designating the all-powerful IRGC as a terrorist organization could compel Iran’s leaders to consider a more aggressive response than critical words.

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.

From Reuters:

“U.S. 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.

The 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.

The 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 system.”

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