Iraqi official terms US act as violation of int’l laws
Baghdad, Fatah Alliance spokesman Ahmed Al Asadi described blacklisting the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as breach of the international regulations.
Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Al Asadi said the IRGC is an official military force in Iran which is a UN memberstate.
'Designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization indicates violation of international norms and laws,' he added.
He added that it is not the first time US President Donald Trump violates the international regulations, but his decisions on relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy Quds and recognizing the sovereignty of Israel over Golan Heights had also been examples of international laws violation.
He stressed the fact that this measure will not boost US pressure on Iran and will have no effect on Iran's approaches and policies.
The US choice against Iran will bring contrary result and will make Iranians more integrated with government and leader.
Iranians will support IRGC more than ever, he reiterated.
'We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior,' Trump said.
In reaction to the US designation, Iran's Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad said the US move against the IRGC at a time when the Iranian military body is helping the floodhit people with all in power is a gift to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to assist him in the elections.
The latest antiIran move of Trump was also met with fierce reactions from Iranian officials.
Foreign Minister Zarif recommended that Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) should add American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), to its terrorist groups' list.
In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, he also called for a retaliatory move by labeling the United States Central Command as a terrorist organization and the US government as a terrorist sponsor.
Zarif described the move as 'another misguided electioneve gift to Netanyahu'.
To support the IRGC, 255 out of 290 Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on April 8, stressing that the Majlis will respond reciprocally to any measure against the IRGC as part of the Iranian military forces.
Majlis through its statement described IRGC as one of the great achievements gained after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA