Protesters March in Tehran Against US Decision to Blacklist IRGC

Protest in Tehran against US designation of IRGC as

Protest in Tehran against US designation of IRGC as"terrorist organization

Iranians have held nationwide rallies to express support for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) following U.S. blacklisting of the popular force.

In a statement on Wednesday, the IRGC said Washington's "illegal, unusual and unprecedented" move indicated the US' "deep grudge and wrath" towards the IRGC.

Revolutionary Guards commanders have repeatedly said that US bases in the Middle East and USA aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within range of Iranian missiles.

US President Donald Trump said his administration's "unprecedented" designation "recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft".

It said it would use powerful tit-for-tat approaches against the enemy to defend the achievements of the Islamic Revolution and safeguard national security under the supervision of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

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In his letter, Zarif insists that the IRGC is an official military force and the USA decision violates global law and the charter of the United Nations.

"The US measure against the IRGC was the declaration of their powerlessness in the face of the Iranian nation's power and resistance", Firouzabadi told IRNA.

The 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guards also command the volunteer paramilitary Basij and control Iran's ballistic missile programme.

He asked Pompeo if the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allowed for USA troops to fight entities responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks and associated forces, included Iran.

The United States has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but had not previously targeted the organization as a whole.

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