Chanting "Death to America" the speaker of Iran's Parliament called the designation the "climax of stupidity and ignorance", while the nation's ruling cleric said the plot against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps would backfire.
Pro-Israel advocacy group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) commented on the news, saying that "in 2017, we welcomed the Treasury Department's designation of the IRGC for their support of terrorist organizations, and we now welcome the Trump Administration's designation of the IRGC as an FTO".
The prohibition against providing material support or resources to the IRGC as a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization would appear to preclude any individual or company subject to US jurisdiction from doing business with any individuals or entities affiliated with any part of the IRGC and/or the vast pieces of the Iranian economy it controls.
"Since past year, we have acquired kind of missiles that you can not even imagine", Rouhani said, referring to Iran's determination to continue expanding its missile program despite mounting United States pressure to curb it. The other members of the FTO list are independent organizations and rogue actors that have used violence against civilians to amass political power, ranging from jihadist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to communist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Communist Party of the Philippines.
The Iranian regime lives and breathes Islamic extremism, which it seeks to export through its global jihad terrorist network.
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The IRGC has been implicated with terrorist plots against the US military and funding other known terrorist organizations such as Lebanese Hezbollah. Not only has Iran's president warned the USA of its weaponry but also labelled the U.S. as the "leader of global terrorism" yesterday.
Pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC also applauded President Trump for the move. The Iranian Supreme National Security Council, in retaliation, has recognized the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization. Qais al-Khazali, a longtime strongman in Iraq and head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said January 29 that he expects a vote in the coming months by lawmakers calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, highlighting the the rivalry in Iraq between Iran and the United States. "Protecting the revolution" meant detaining, torturing and murdering thousands of students and activists who participated in it, but did not share Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's hardline Islamist vision.
China urged countries outside of the Mideast to "promote peace and stability. and avoid actions that may lead to further escalation of the situation".
Facing off across the Gulf, the two major oil producers have taken opposing sides for decades in conflicts across the Middle East. Later in the day, Iran's Supreme National Security Council in turn designated USA forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a terrorist organization.
The designation, however, could significantly complicate US military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to the Guard. Just last week, Pompeo's special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, accused Iran and its proxies of being responsible for the death of 608 US troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. Iraq has prominent Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias and its government has strong ties to Iran.