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US President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a overseas terrorist organisation.
It’s the first time the US has labelled one other nation’s navy as a terrorist organisation.
The White Home mentioned the IRGC was Iran’s major technique of “implementing its international terrorist marketing campaign”.
Washington-Tehran tensions have risen since Mr Trump withdrew the US from the worldwide Iran nuclear pact.
The US has sanctioned elements of the IRGC earlier than, together with its elite Quds Pressure intelligence unit.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Division of State, recognises the fact that Iran isn’t solely a State Sponsor of Terrorism, however that the IRGC actively participates in, funds, and promotes terrorism as a instrument of statecraft,” Mr Trump mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
The president added that the transfer was meant to “considerably increase the scope and scale” of strain on Iran.
“In case you are doing enterprise with the IRGC, you can be bankrolling terrorism,” Mr Trump mentioned.