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2023-January-22  14:46

Iranian FM: IRGC Designation Harms Europe

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned on Sunday that the EU would shoot itself in the foot by listing the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist entity.

Referring to his presence in a closed session of the Iranian parliament on Sunday, Amir Abdollahian warned that Tehran will respond to the European Union Parliament’s blacklisting of the IRGC.

"The European Parliament shot itself in the foot by proscribing the IRGC in a vote held earlier this week," the top diplomat wrote on Twitter.

“The Majlis plans to reciprocate by including army elements of the European countries in (Iran’s) terrorism list,” the minister said, adding that parliament members had appreciated efforts by the IRGC to protect Iran’s national security.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament's members backed an amendment added to an annual foreign policy report, calling for "the EU and its member states to include the IRGC in the EU's terror list". The step was passed by a vote of 598 in favor and nine against, with 31 abstentions.

The amendment will urge Brussels to blacklist the IRGC military force, the volunteer Basij force, and the IRGC's Quds Force.

Tehran has repeatedly announced that the IRGC is an official state body which has had and will continue to have an important and key role in ensuring the security of Iran and the region.

Iranian officials have warned the EU that its plan to blacklist the IRGC as a “terrorist organization” may have unbearable consequences, urging Europe to avoid repeating the past mistakes.

They cautioned the European governments against falling into the trap of a plot hatched by the US and Israel, calling on the EU to maintain its independence from the US.

Tehran stresses the European states enjoy safety because of the elite forces' efforts in the fight against terror groups in the region.

The move has been strongly condemned by Iranian officials, commanders and the Armed Forces.

In April 2019, the Iranian parliament passed a law designating American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a terrorist organization. The move was made in response to the US blacklisting of the IRGC.