Washington: The Trump administration is designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, taking an unprecedented step as it seems to increase pressure on Iran’s regime. The move seems certain to bring a new level of tension between the two countries, as Iran’s leaders have said they will retaliate in kind.

Iranian lawmakers have prepared legislation that would label the U.S. military as a terrorist group, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

President Trump announced the designation Monday morning, in a shift from the decades in which the U.S. has viewed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.

 

“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” Trump said, in a White House statement. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”

With the designation, anyone who deals with the IRGC could run the risk of facing criminal charges, such as aiding or supporting a terrorist group.

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