Yahoo Finance – Ms. Soona Samsami, the representative in Washington for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US), welcomed the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the Secretary of State, which took effect today.
The United States officially included the IRGC and all its forces including the Quds Force, Basij Organization, Aerospace Force, Navy, and Ground Forces, in the Federal Register.
“The IRGC is not just a terror machine. It controls the lion’s share of the Iranian economy. It controls many economic conglomerates, from oil, gas and petrochemicals, to pharmaceutical, food, and farm products to banking, investment, the auto, airline, aerospace, and shipping industries, ports, highway and railway construction, and much more,” said Samsami, adding, “All such entities must be identified and blacklisted.”
NCRI’s US representative emphasized that with the IRGC now designated, it is time to focus on classifying the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS as an FTO. “Just in 2018, five Iranian regime diplomats, including an Ambassador were expelled by France, The Netherlands, and Albania, all on terrorism charges, one diplomat is in jail for delivering the deadly explosives in a failed terror plot in Paris, and a dozen other MOIS agents have been detained in Europe and the United States,” Samsami recalled.