Iranian Revolutionary Guard warns: “European sanctions would be a mistake”

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The leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRG) warned on Saturday that adding his organization to the European list of terrorist organizations is “a mistake”. “If the Europeans make a mistake, they will have to face the consequences,” Supreme Commander Hossein Salami said, according to Sepah News, the Revolutionary Guards’ official website.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 12:08 PM

The request to add the Revolutionary Guard to the European terror list comes from the European Parliament. The organization would be guilty of the suppression of demonstrators in Iran, but would also have supplied drones to Russia.

On Friday it was announced that the European Union will impose sanctions on 37 Iranian individuals and organizations involved in the heavy-handed repression of demonstrations in the country. However, a decision on the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guard on the European terror list has not yet been made. The procedure can only be launched after one of the member states has labeled the elite corps of the fundamentalist Islamic regime as terrorist at national level, the spokesman for the High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell explained on Friday.

European policymakers warn that such a demarche could be the final death knell for the negotiations to resuscitate the nuclear deal with Iran. The EU is coordinating talks on the 2015 deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons,

The Iranian regime has faced a wave of protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who died in September after being detained by the vice squad in Tehran for violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code. . At least 14,000 people have already been arrested, according to the United Nations. The regime also executed four people. Eighteen others have been sentenced to death.

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