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2023-January-24  14:06

Iran: EU's Retreat from Designation of IRGC Shows Block Weary of Costly Steps

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian urged the European leaders to refrain from making emotional and irrational comments, but meantime said that EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell's recent remarks on blacklisting the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terror organization demonstrate that the block is not looking for taking costly measures.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks on Monday after Borrell said the bloc cannot list the IRGC as a “terrorist” entity without an EU court decision. Borrell stressed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels that a court ruling with a “concrete legal condemnation” had to first be handed down before the bloc itself could apply any such designation.

The foreign minister stated that the European Union does not appear to be willing to take “costly” steps vis-à-vis Iran after the bloc’s foreign policy chief indicated legal hurdles stood in the way of labeling the IRGC as a terror group.

The top diplomat called on European leaders to steer clear of “sensational and irrational” comments, expressing optimism that rationality will prevail in the field of diplomacy and foreign policy of some European countries so that the foreign policy of both the European and Iranian sides will not be compelled to pay higher costs.

“The Islamic Republic considers negotiation, dialogue and constructive interaction with the European Union to be the best option, but it will give a reciprocal and effective response to any other decision by the European Union,” he continued.

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.

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

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.

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.