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Trump likely to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as terror organisation

The US president is also preparing to announce that he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal - thus leaving its fate to congress

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard secure the area outside the Iranian parliament during an attack on the complex in Tehran on June 7, 2017. Hossein Mersadi / Fars News / AFP
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard secure the area outside the Iranian parliament during an attack on the complex in Tehran on June 7, 2017. Hossein Mersadi / Fars News / AFP

US president Donald Trump is likely to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation this week as he lays out what aides call his "overall Iran strategy".

As president Trump prepares to announce that he is decertifying the Iran nuclear deal for the first time in two years — thus leaving its fate to congress — one US official said it was “likely but not final” that the administration will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organisation.

Such designation would fulfil a requirement by congress under the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”, which was signed into law by Mr Trump on August 2. But there is also a risk it would provoke retaliation that would endanger America's military presence in the region

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Updated: November 26, 2019 03:04 PM

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