Trump designates Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a 'terrorist organization'

President Donald Trump on Monday moved to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a wing of the Iranian military, as a foreign terrorist organization.
2:33 | 04/08/19

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Transcript for Trump designates Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a 'terrorist organization'
Today the United States is contending to build its maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime. I'm announcing our intent to designate the Islamic revolutionary guard corps. Including its goods force as a foreign terrorist organization. In accordance with section 219 of immigration and nationality act. This that the nation will take effect one week from today. This is the first time that the United States is designated a part of another government as an FT out. We're doing it because the rainy regime's use of terrorism as a tool state craft makes it fundamentally different. From any other government. This historic step above read the world's leading state sponsor terror. The financial means to spread misery and death around the world. Businesses and banks around the world. Now have a clear duty to ensure that companies with which they conduct financial transactions are not connected. To the energy see in any material way. It also gives the US government additional tools counter Iranian backed terrorism. This designation. Is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one. And it builds on the more than 970. Arraigned individuals and entities that the trip administration has already sanctioned. For forty years. The Islamic Republic's revolutionary guard corps has actively engaged in terrorism. And created supported and directed other terrorist groups. The urgency masquerades as a legitimate military organization. But none of us should be fooled. It regularly violates the laws of armed conflict it plans organize and execute terror campaigns all around the world. For the moment those founded. The RJC's mandate was to defend an export the regime's a revolution by whatever means possible. The RGC institutionalized terrorism surely after its inception directing horrific attacks against the marine barracks in Beirut in 1983. In the US embassy annex in 1984. Alongside the terror group in mid wiped Lebanese Hezbollah. Its operatives who worked to destabilize the Middle East from Iraq to Lebanon Syria and to Yemen. With this designation the drug administration is simply recognizing. A basic reality. The urgency will take its rebel place on the thing with this terror groups that supports. Lebanese Hezbollah. Palestinian Islamic Jihad Hamas Khatib as Baugh among others. All of which are already designated. As foreign terrorist organizations.

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