A senior member of Iran’s parliament threatened on Saturday that Iran could include the US military on its terrorism list if Washington included the Revolutionary Guard on its list.
Three US officials told Reuters the United States was expected to classify the Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization, becoming the first time Washington has designated another country’s army as a terrorist organization.
The State Department is expected to announce the decision on Monday, the Pentagon said, while the Pentagon declined to comment and referred the questions to the State Department.
“If the Revolutionary Guards are listed on the US list of terrorist groups, we will put the country’s army on our list of terrorism,” said Hishmatullah Fallah Beshah, head of the National Security Committee in parliament.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the change in US policy as part of President Donald Rumsfeld ‘s hardline stance toward Iran. This decision will come one year before Trump’ s decision to withdraw from the international nuclear deal with Tehran and re – impose sanctions on the Iranian economy Paralyzed.
The Wall Street Journal first mentioned the US administration’s decision to classify the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
The United States has been listed by dozens of entities and individuals on a blacklist for belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, but has not included the force itself.
In 2007, the US Treasury Department classified the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, which is its unit responsible for overseas operations, as “the main arm of Iran to carry out its policy of supporting terrorists and insurgent groups.”
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has a military force of an estimated 125,000 personnel with units of the army, navy and air and reports to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.