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WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (APRIL 8, 2019) (STATE TV) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO WALKING TO THE LECTERN AT STATE DEPT PRESS BRIEFING ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, READING FROM HIS STATEMENT, SAYING: "Today, the United States is continuing to build its 'maximum pressure' campaign against the Iranian regime. I am announcing our intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps including its Quds Force as a foreign terrorist organization in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This designation will take effect one week from today. This is the first time that the United States has designated a part of another government as an FTO. We're doing it because the Iranian regime's use of terrorism as a tool of statecraft makes it fundamentally different from any other government. This historic step will deprive the world's leading state sponsor of terror the financial means to spread misery and death around the world. Businesses and banks around the world now have a clear duty to ensure that companies with which they conduct financial transactions are not connected to the IRGC in any material way. It also gives the U.S. government additional tools to counter Iranian-backed terrorism. This designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one. And it builds on the more than 970 Iran individuals and entities that the Trump administration has already sanctioned." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, CONTINUING FROM HIS STATEMENT: "With this designation, the Trump administration is simply recognizing a basic reality. The IRGC will take its rightful place on the same list as terror groups it supports: Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Kata'ib Hezbollah, among others, all of which are already designated as foreign terrorist organizations." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, CONTINUING FROM HIS STATEMENT: "With this designation, we are sending a clear signal, a clear message to Iran's leaders including Qassem Soleimani and his band of thugs that the United States is bringing all pressure to bear to stop the regimes outlaw behavior. We ask that our allies and partners around the world do the same." POMPEO STANDING AT LECTERN AS REPORTERS LISTEN REPORTER ASKING QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, ANSWERING THE REPORTER'S QUESTION AS TO HOW WILL THIS EFFECT E.U. TRADE, BANKING AND OIL WAIVERS, SAYING: "So here's the simple answer that: If you're the general counsel for a European financial institution today, there is more risk. It is absolutely the case that the IRGC amounts to a significant piece of the Iranian economy through pure kleptocracy. And it is also the case that it is sometimes difficult to know whether the IRGC is involved. That is, the diligence effort is an enormous undertaking. I think this will require more diligence be done by every business that is considering doing things that are even now second and third orders removed from what you might think of as a traditional connection to the Iranian economy. This extends to your point about trade. Oh, you asked about oil waivers. We'll make that decision in due course as we move towards May 2nd. But this absolutely extends the clarity around those transactions that create risk for companies, not just in Europe but frankly all over the world." POMPEO ENDS HIS ANSWER AND LEAVES THE LECTERN
Dateline: 2019

U.s. Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards A Terrorist Group

Item ID: 112037453

By: Reuters

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