The European Parliament has approved a resolution calling on the European Union (EU) to consider a terrorist designation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The move, which is non-binding, has been met with strong condemnation from Iran, with officials stating that the country will put the Armed Forces of EU states on its own terrorist list.
The IRGC has been blamed by the European Parliament for the repression of protesters in Iran and the supply of drones to Russia. The vote comes as EU foreign ministers are due to discuss tightening sanctions on the Islamic Republic next week.
Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, has warned the EU that this act will increase the gaps between countries and that Iran will take reciprocal measures. In a statement, President Rouhani said “The EU’s move to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group is a wrong and dangerous action that will further complicate the situation in the region.”
The head of the IRGC, Major General Hossein Salami, said he was not concerned about the resolution, stating that “The IRGC is too great to be affected by such resolutions.” However, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, warned that the EU would pay the full price if it designated the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity.
The IRGC is a powerful military force in Iran, overseeing the volunteer of the abusive paramilitary force which has been deployed against protests since mid-September last year. The guards were formed shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution and answer to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They boast their own ground, naval and air forces.
The United States has already placed both the IRGC and its foreign armed the Quds force on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. This move by the EU has been met with strong condemnation from Iran and has the potential to further escalate tensions between the EU and Iran.
Iran has said it will take reciprocal measures and put the armed forces of EU countries on its own terrorist list. This move comes amid increasing tensions between the EU and Iran over issues such as the nuclear deal and human rights.
The EU’s move to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group is a significant step, and it remains to be seen what impact it will have on the relationship between the EU and Iran. It also raises concerns over the safety of EU citizens and military personnel in the region. The EU and its member states must be prepared to face the consequences of this move and work towards finding a diplomatic solution to deescalate the tensions.
This resolution by the European Parliament is a clear signal of the EU’s stance on the human rights situation in Iran and the role of the IRGC in repressing protests. It also highlights the EU’s concern over the supply of weapons and drones from Iran to other countries. The EU and its member states must continue to put pressure on Iran to respect human rights and to stop the supply of weapons to other countries.
In conclusion, the resolution passed by the European Parliament calling on the EU to consider a terrorist designation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a significant step and has been met with strong condemnation from Iran. The move has the potential to further escalate tensions between the EU and Iran, and the EU and its member states must be prepared to face the consequences and work towards finding a diplomatic solution to deescalate the tensions.