Iran declares USA 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Iran declares USA 'state sponsor of terrorism'

"In any country where United States maintained an enduring military presence, the process of expelling them became more complicated and problematic". They have been able to get the president to dance to their tune on other issues, but can they do it again on an issue with much higher stakes for the country?

In February, The Daily Wire reported that the IRGC claimed it successfully took control of seven to eight USA drones flying over Syria and Iraq and monitored the intel the drones were collecting and broadcasting back to US forces.

The designation imposes sanctions that include freezes on assets the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it.

Reducing the number of waivers will limit oil exports from Iran, the fourth-largest producer in OPEC, but the United States is unlikely to meet an earlier target of driving Iranian oil exports to zero.

But the designation may also have widespread implications for American personnel and policy in the region and elsewhere as Iran has threatened to retaliate.

CENTCOM's area of command covers multiple war zones and hot spots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and the Persian Gulf.

The IRGC has always been implicated in terrorist plots against the USA military throughout the Middle East and provides major financial support to other known terrorist organizations such as Lebanese Hezbollah. If this happens, the United States would be forced to respond.

"Although Iran has not been and will not be seeking tension, but should the USA decide to implement the move, Iran will take reciprocal action", Khoshroudi quoted Zarif as saying.

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"The announcement, which officials said would put the military organization on the same level as terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, is the latest administration step to increase pressure on Iran", reports Fox News.

This additional sanction, like all previous ones, will not force Tehran to submit to American diktats. "This would greatly expand our ability to roll back Iran's ability to fund and export terror overseas". The White House explained it the Iranian regime's use of terror makes it fundamentally different from other governments.

Mr Pompeo warned Europeans and anyone doing business with Iran against getting caught in sanctions that come as a result of the new designation. It will create more headaches for the U.S. Here, members of the force march during a 2007 military parade in Tehran. Any worldwide government or business that is caught dealing with Iranian interests connected to the IRGC could face new sanctions.

The Trump administration argues that Iran's government, which is locked in a deeply hostile standoff with top U.S. ally Israel, can not be trusted and should face "maximum pressure". Since then, Pompeo has called for Iran's unconditional surrender on the JCPOA.

Tensions between Iran and the US have escalated since the Trump administration's pullout of the internationally-accepted Iran nuclear pact.

Former Under-Secretary of State and lead Iran negotiator, Wendy Sherman, said she anxious about implications for USA forces.

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