The Iranian Resistance welcomes the adoption of a bill by the US House of Representatives, imposing new sanctions on the clerical regime for violating human rights and pursuing ballistic missiles, and designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity. This is an essential step in rectifying the damaging policy of appeasement that needs to be completed by other measures including the eviction of the IRGC and its affiliated militia particularly from Syria and Iraq as well as the recognition of the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the clerical regime.
Designating and imposing sanctions on the IRGC was long overdue because the IRGC serves as the guarantee to preserve the entirety of the religious fascism ruling Iran and is the main entity responsible for domestic suppression, the export of terrorism and extremism, and obtaining weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. In the past 28 years, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has placed a vast portion of the wealth and resources of the Iranian people under IRGC’s control, enabling it to plunder a large portion of Iran’s economy.
‘‘Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017’’ designates the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224, which subjects Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) to severe sanctions.
The Act underscored that “90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall impose the sanctions” with respect to the “IRGC and foreign persons that are officials, agents, or affiliates of the IRGC.” All property and interests in possession of designated individuals or entities that are in or come within the United States, or that come within the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked. Any transaction or dealing by U.S. persons is prohibited, including making or receiving of any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of individuals or entities designated under the Order.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 25, 2017