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Seoul - US crude oil is testing a foggy middle over Iran's sanctions

Economy | 01:52 - 04/04/2019

 
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sources said that South Korea started the US oil test very light , which sells energy company Anadarko Petroleum as an alternative to Iranian crude with the decision of the lookout Washington on whether it can continue to buy oil from Tehran he said. 
South Korea is Iran's biggest buyer of oil in Asia, and among eight importers who received exemptions to continue buying crude from Tehran when the United States re-imposed sanctions in November. 
Washington is expected to cut those exemptions in May, disrupting South Korea's supply of Iranian condensate, a kind of light crude used in the country's refining and chemical industries. 
WTI is seen as a potential alternative to Iranian condensers because, when refined, it produces large quantities of refined naphtha, which can be used to produce petrochemicals.
Most West Texas light crude oil is produced in the western part of the Texas Burmese Basin. 
"We expect these volumes to continue to grow in the future," said John Christiansen, a spokesman for Anadarko Petroleum, but did not confirm whether South Korea was testing the crude. 
SK Energy, South Korea's largest oil refiner, and Hyundai Oil Bank, the country's smallest refiner, are considering crude analysis and test samples, the sources said. 
A spokeswoman for SK Innovation, owner of SK Energy and a spokesman for Hyundai Oil Bank, declined to comment.
Seoul is negotiating with the United States to extend its exemption, saying there are limited alternatives to Iranian capacitors it buys, according to a former US official. But three informed sources said that for South Korea to obtain an extension of the exemption, it is likely to have to cut its current imports between 5 percent and 20 percent. 
South Korea, a close political ally of the United States, does not want to jeopardize its relationship with Washington. 
"They are afraid of Trump," said Sandy Felden, director of oil and product research at Morning Star. They want to be able to say, 'Look, I buy all your oil.' " 
In talks with government officials last week, South Korea demanded maximum flexibility, stressing the importance of Iranian capacitors to the South Korean petrochemical sector, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week.
Washington wants to cut Iran's exports to less than 1 million bpd, from more than 2.5 million bpd in May. 
South Korea imported about 176,377 barrels a day of Iranian oil from January to February, according to data from the National Oil Company of Korea (KNOC), a decline of 38.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. 
US crude exports to South Korea reached an average of 256,000 bpd in 2018, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Imports in February rose to 443,000 bpd. 
South Korea buys other types of US light crude, but SK Energy and Hyundai Oil recently rejected two shipments of Texas-based Eagle Ford condensers after finding impurities in the oil.
Most of the West Texas Light crude oil is mixed with other crude oil for sale at the US crude futures delivery center in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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Mr. Ammar al-Hakim: US sanctions on Iran are useless and threaten the region
  


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Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Coalition for Reform and Reconstruction, criticized the recent US sanctions against Iran. "We are preparing the new sanctions against the American administration against the Islamic Republic, which is the entry into force of a new package of economic sanctions, We believe that the method of starving peoples to achieve political interests is unfair and condemnable. "He added that" we can not fail to warn of the dangers and consequences of the intensification of these differences and their openness to imminent crises that would endanger the security and stability of the region. " A senior administration official told reporters on Monday that Washington was considering imposing additional sanctions on new sectors of the Iranian economy. The official said the administration was aiming to impose sanctions as a year passed since President Trump withdrew in May from a nuclear deal between Iran and a number of major powers. "We just want a strong impact, we want companies to continue to think that dealing with Iran "The administration hopes to take additional action in the coming weeks," the official said. Trump announced in May that the United States would withdraw from the agreement in 2015 and impose sanctions again on the Islamic Republic. The United States, France and Britain Germany, Russia, China and Iran are aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb in return for lifting crippling sanctions.


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52 minutes ago, yota691 said:

Mr. Ammar al-Hakim: US sanctions on Iran are useless and threaten the region

Useless, huh? He is just before finding out how “useless” the sanctions are. It won’t be the U.S. who will be the source of strife in Iran due to the sanctions, it will be the illustrious and evil Iranian leaders who insist on a full nuclear program In order to destroy Israel and other “infidels”. My opinion, of course. 😌

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2 hours ago, yota691 said:

Mr. Ammar al-Hakim: US sanctions on Iran are useless and threaten the region

 

IMHO - Another Insanian (1) "bobble head" - "talking puppet" spewing :bs:  propaganda ............... 

Blahh,  blahh, blahh  ................

 

Rhetoric like this make me think and believe that the US sanctions against Iran  are REALLY starting to hurt them hard..................

 

Semper Fi :salute:

RV there yet ?:pirateship:

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4 hours ago, yota691 said:

We believe that the method of starving peoples to achieve political interests is unfair and condemnable.

 

hey hakim pull the blinders off bro , you got rival gangs in iraqi provinces exchanging rocket fire at each other but i guess that senseless killing & brutality terroristic behavior is A-Ok and just the way you like to roll huh , i will never understand that people group,  just maybe yourself and others that keep pal'in up to your great neighbors might go outside the box and suggest them to stop being a state sponsor of terrorism in the region the rhetoric about america bullying the world is old and tiresome heck just maybe if iraq will stand up and do halfway  right you might even turn your own country around and be more self sufficient hard to grasp i know Mr Hakim but it works .... now that felt better 🤣,, cheers dv we wait 

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The US administration plans to include Iran's Revolutionary Guards on its list of "terrorist organizations" in a move that would increase pressure on the military force, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The United States will announce the decision on Monday, the newspaper said in its Friday edition citing unnamed administration officials.

The Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) is an ideological army established in 1979 to protect the Islamic Revolution in Iran from internal and external threats and has considerable political and economic influence.

The Quds Force, the elite forces of the Revolutionary Guard, is the external arm of this paramilitary force, and it particularly supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In 2018, the United States imposed strict economic sanctions on the Revolutionary Guards.

The inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards on the list of terrorist organizations would prevent American citizens and entities from engaging in any dealings with this military force, under the threat of prosecution.

According to the newspaper, the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) question the usefulness of this action, which has significant symbolic implications for the administration of US President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon and CIA fear the potential consequences of this action on US troops deployed in the region.

Washington has stepped up economic pressure on Iran since Trump last year to withdraw from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers in 2015.

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Iran will retaliate in kind if US designates Guards as terrorists

 

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said they will consider the US to be like Daesh, if they designate them as terrorist.

 

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US officials told Reuters their country plans to list Iranian army as a terrorist group

This would be the first time a state would formally list the national army of another state as a terrorist group

GENEVA: Iran will take reciprocal action against the United States if Washington designates the elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as terrorists, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA.
The United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organization, three US officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group.
“We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action,” a statement issued by 255 out of the 290 Iranian lawmakers said, according to IRNA.
“So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the (Middle East) region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action.”
The US decision, which critics warn could open US military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments abroad, is expected to be announced by the State Department perhaps as early as Monday, the US officials said last week. The move has been rumored for years.
IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in 2017 that if Trump went ahead with the move, “then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a strident Iran hawk, has advocated the change in US policy as part of the Trump administration’s tough posture toward Tehran.
Set up after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the Shiite clerical ruling system, the IRGC is Iran’s most powerful security organization. It controls large sectors of the Iranian economy and has huge influence in its political system.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1478971/middle-east

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Trump designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard a 'foreign terrorist organization'

President Trump on Monday formally labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," in Washington’s first such designation for an entire foreign government entity.

The announcement, which officials said would put the military organization on the same level as terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, is the latest administration step to increase pressure on Iran.

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing the IRGC's ties to terror plots, said the designation recognizes a "basic reality."

 

“This designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one,” he said. “The IRGC masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled.”

In a statement, Trump said the unprecedented move “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.”

He warned: “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.  This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.”

 

Administration officials have said the step will further isolate Iran and make clear that the U.S. won't tolerate Iran's continued support for rebel groups and others that destabilize the Middle East.

But the designation may also have widespread implications for American personnel and policy in the region and elsewhere as Iran has threatened to retaliate.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-designates-irans-revolutionary-guard-a-foreign-terrorist-organization

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned companies and banks around the world of dealing with Iran's Revolutionary Guards after being listed by Washington as a terrorist organization. 

"Companies and banks around the world have a clear responsibility to ensure that all institutions that carry out financial transactions with them are not in any material relationship with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard," Pompeo told a news conference. "The Iranian regime not only supports terrorism, terrorism'.

 
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Bahrain welcomes America's decision to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group

Bahrain welcomes America's decision to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group

Written by: Yasser Hilaliin:April 08, 2019In: 

Nour News / International      

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain on Monday welcomed the decision of the United States of America to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.

Bahrain stressed the importance of this step in addressing the dangerous role played by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as an element of instability and tension, and a tool to spread violence and terrorism in the Middle East and the world at large.

The ministry renewed its appreciation for the continuous efforts and efforts of the United States in confronting Iran's hostile activities and terrorist practices and its negative interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region.

"Bahrain looks forward to an effective and determined action by the international community to force the Iranian regime to stop supporting terrorist organizations and militias, respect the sovereignty and independence of states, non-interference in their internal affairs and immediately stop all threats to regional and international peace and security," the statement said.

 

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Rohani responds to Washington: Revolutionary Guards fought terrorism in Iraq

Political | 09:54 - 09/04/2019

 
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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday responded to Washington over the appointment of the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, saying the Revolutionary Guard had helped Iraq and Syria fight terrorism. 
"The United States seeks to compensate for its defeats by including the Revolutionary Guards on the list of terrorism," Rowhani said during his speech at the extraordinary session of the Iranian Shura Council in response to the Revolutionary Guards' installation as a terrorist organization. "The Revolutionary Guard is the one who stood by the people in Syria, In the face of urging and saved Arbil and Sulaymaniyah from falling into the hands of a preacher and 
stressed that "the Revolutionary Guard fought terrorism and offered martyrs since its foundation until today," pointing out that "the Revolutionary Guard is fighting terrorism supported by America and its allies in the region. 
" He said that " America continues to support the caller and sheltering its elements, "he said "

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US' plots against IRGC to boomerang on them: Leader

TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei said the US vice and deceit against the IRGC will boomerang on them, leading the enemies of the Islamic Republic to go "down the drain."

He made the remarks Monday night while addressing a host of IRGC personnel and their families in Tehran, on the eve of the auspicious birth anniversary of Imam Hussain (a.s), which marks the National Day of Guards. 

The reason behind the US's animosity against IRGC is the force's pioneering role in defending the country and the Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed, adding, "the US and other ignorant enemies have done anything they could against the Islamic Republic of Iran, yet they failed to achieve a single thing. Today, the Revolution and the Islamic Establishment have become powerful in the region and the world."

Ayatollah Khamenei regarded IRGC as an eminent entity at the forefront of encountering enemies on various arenas, saying, "IRGC leads the fight in operational fields, confronting the enemies at our borders; and even thousands of kilometers away from the frontiers, around the shrine of Lady Zainab (s.a.); as well as in political confrontations with enemies."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described that asset as the main reason behind the US' animosity against the IRGC, and added, "US officials wishfully plot against the IRGC and actually against the Islamic Revolution and maneuver mischief. Undoubtedly, such ferocities won’t get them anywhere. Their vice and deceit will boomerang on them, leading the enemies of the Islamic Republic such as Trump and those around him at the US ruling apparatus to go down the drain."

“It has been 40 years since the enemies began imposing various types of political and economic pressures, as well as launching a comprehensive propaganda campaign against the Iranian nation, but they achieve no results,” the Leader said.   

Washington designated IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization on Monday through an official statement. In retaliation, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has designated American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a "terrorist organization."

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US sanctions make no dent in Iran’s resolve to advance nuclear industry

TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) – Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says the reimposition of US unilateral sanctions has been, and will continue to be, unable to make the slightest dent in the country’s resolve to advance its nuclear technology projects.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, made the remark in his address to a ceremony marking the National Day of Nuclear Technology on Tuesday. The ceremony was inaugurated by President Rouhani, during which as many as 114 achievements in the field of nuclear technology were unveiled.

Salehi stressed that the AEOI will continue to follow up on its designated objectives at various levels based on a medium-term and long-term plans.

“I declare with confidence that the reimposition of US unilateral sanctions and Washington’s recent insolence, have been, and will continue to be ineffective on undermining our strong resolve to advance our major plans for the nuclear industry,” Salehi said.

He went on to add, however, that the imposition of inhuman and illegal sanctions against the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which also includes the country’s center for nuclear safety and a radiopharmaceutical company, shows the poor political judgment of the White House authorities.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi noted the AEOI’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, saying “we always welcome the IAEA's independent and impartial approach towards Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, and we commit ourselves to interaction with the Agency within the framework of our obligations and agreements.”

Salehi noted that the 14 official reports by the IAEA confirms Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear-related commitments, whereas the United States, in an ill-conceived move resulting from the country’s political turmoil, has violated the agreement by having unilaterally withdrawn from it.

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Political analyst Jassim Al-Hanoun is likely to include Iraq as a terrorist organization if it fails to comply with sanctions against Iran after the three-month deadline expires.

"Now that President Donald Trump has considered the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, especially as the United States has a particular view that Iran is a strong supporter of terrorism in the Middle East region, especially Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya," Al Hanoun told the news agency.

"The Iraqi politician must realize the seriousness of this in dealing with Iran both at the governmental level and at the level of militias classified as belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and led by Soleimani in Iraq, considering that Soleimani is not only the commander of the Revolutionary Guard, .

"After the three-month deadline set by the United States for dealing with Iran, America may have to include Iraq as a terrorist organization, because in the next stage if Iraq does not comply with sanctions against Iran, Trump will have international and parliamentary accountability," Hanoun said.

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Baghdad

 Political analyst Jassim Al-Hanoun is likely to include Iraq as a terrorist organization if it fails to comply with sanctions against Iran after the three-month deadline expires.

"Now that President Donald Trump has considered the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, especially as the United States has a particular view that Iran is a strong supporter of terrorism in the Middle East region, especially Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya," Al Hanoun told the news agency.

"The Iraqi politician must realize the seriousness of this in dealing with Iran both at the governmental level and at the level of militias classified as belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and led by Soleimani in Iraq, considering that Soleimani is not only the commander of the Revolutionary Guard, .

"After the three-month deadline set by the United States for dealing with Iran, America may have to include Iraq as a terrorist organization, because in the next stage if Iraq does not comply with sanctions against Iran, Trump will have international and parliamentary accountability," Hanoun said.

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Saudi Arabia welcomes Tarmb's decision to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization

By Rudao 3 hours ago
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welcomed Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Washington 's decision classification of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a "terrorist organization", saying it is " a step in the process of serious and counter - terrorism efforts." 


A statement issued by the Saudi Press Agency quoted an official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry as saying that the resolution "translates the kingdom's repeated calls to the international community to counter terrorism supported by Iran." 

"The international community should take a firm stand against the role played by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in undermining international peace and security," the source said. 

Trump officially announced on Monday evening that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was on the list of foreign "terrorist" organizations, opening the door for further severe sanctions against Tehran.

This was the first time that Washington was targeting a "part-state" organization in this way, as US President Donald Trump declared in a statement on the resolution, which came into force on April 15. 

Iran has been listed since 1984 on the United States' list of very limited "state sponsors of terrorism," which includes North Korea, Sudan and Syria. 

The idea of including the Revolutionary Guard, an army founded in 1979 to protect the Islamic Revolution from external and internal threats, has been on the terrorism list since Trump's arrival at the White House. 

According to Trump, this decision "is a recognition of the fact that Iran is not only a state funded for terrorism, but that the Revolutionary Guard is active in the financing and promotion of terrorism."

http://www.rudaw.net/arabic/middleeast/090420193

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The first reaction from the popular crowd .. Washington will not prevent us from coordinating with the Revolutionary Guards

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Reactions to the American decision as Iran's Revolutionary Guards became a terrorist organization and put it on the lists of terrorism.

One of the most prominent reactions and the quickest is what was issued by the Iraqi side less than two hours after the American decision, confirmed the popular crowd Monday, 8 April 2019, that what was approved by US President Donald Trump and his administration does not mean Iraq in nothing and will not prevent him from continuing coordination with Iranian forces In all its forms, including the Revolutionary Guard, which provides training and consulting for Iraqi forces.

More than that, the popular crowd demanded - according to Iraqi media - the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the joint forces to deal with the Trump decisions and issue a statement that Iraq is not interested in these decisions.

In contrast, the Iraqi Foreign Minister said that Iraq rejects unilateral measures against Iran, stressing that his country will examine the statement of the United States of America against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to get the appropriate response.

https://kitabat.com/news/أول-رد-فعل-من-الحشد-الشعبي-لن-تمنعنا-وا/

 

 

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Live: Iranian lawmakers vote to designate U.S.‎ forces in region as terrorist

 

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Observers: The government of Iraq is not going to bow to America and limit Iranian influence

 

 

Across many writers and observers of Iraqi and Amordan, welcomed the classification of the United States of America the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as an organization Arhabiyh.oaad American decision, step process and is serious in tackling terrorism sponsored by Iran in the Arab region, and the major countries to follow the example of Washington towards the classification of the Revolutionary Guards Organization Terrorism.

"The US decision to consider the IRGC as a terrorist organization is confusing for the Iraqi government," said political analyst and political analyst Maan al-Jubouri. "It will not leave room for maneuver or hold a stick from the middle, either expel many Iranian confidants, A crisis they are unable to tolerate with Iran, or a change in the American position against the loss of the camel, including carrying. "

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He added: "The Iraqi government in an enviable position, the statement of the Foreign Minister that he does not have a response until the study of official statements issued by the two parties indicate the difficult situation, will exercise both America and Iran pressure on Iraq is inevitable to bow to the strongest America and its tools and reduce the Iranian role in Iraq".

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The writer and researcher in the affairs of Iran and the Gulf Arab d Salim al-Dulaimi: "We said to Mohammed Ali Jafari yesterday .. And say today and tomorrow .. Unitek .. And challenge your reserve and your army, and your Supreme Guide to provide the launch of a cartridge in the air in response to the American decision to classify the entire Iranian state terrorism "It is known that the guard is the one who manages the joints of the state and is responsible for drawing up its foreign policy?"

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"He owns more than one-third of the country's wealth ... He is the one who directs 150 militias in the world to Iran, who is responsible for protecting the security of the regime, who deals with concealment and through his secret companies with important international money companies in transferring money and directing hard currency access And exporting oil via crooked means? "

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He continued: "How will the response of the living martyr (Qasim Soleimani - as described by the Supreme Leader) on this decision? Or the tails and followers and annexes and associated with the Revolutionary Guard is a long time?"

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"Finally, Iran 's Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist and anyone who deals with it is a terrorist ... and a terrorist is a terrorist. The United States includes the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on its list of terrorist organizations," said Raad Hashim, a journalist and political scientist .

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"The US decision to include the Revolutionary Guard on the terrorist listshows a US weakness in the face of the resistance axis, especially as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is an important part of this axis," commented political writer and analyst Shaho al-Qarra Daghi . 
"To see how the axis of resistance will respond to the American decisions?! .. The launch of slogans and the burning of American flag is easier Shi."

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"The position of the IRGC on the US terrorism list will strengthen the civil front in Iraq and will be a prelude to resolving the popular crowd once and for all," said KDP member Dr. Arafat Karam .

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"The most important news today is that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are announcing a terrorist organization, defying Iran's threats to strike at US interests and forces in Iraq if this decision is made," wrote journalist and media editor Omar al-Janabi .

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He added in another tweet: "After the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization .. Will the Iraqi government relieve the Iranian military advisers ? .. Will cancel the joint military exercises between Iraq and Iran? .. Will the fate of military sanctions such as the fate of economic sanctions ..? Is Iraq excluded from military dealings with terrorism? "

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The media said Dr. Mustafa Salem: "Washington was delayed in the inclusion of Iran's regime guards on the list of terrorism .. But what role Tehran after the use of guards in the destruction of Iraq and Syria? .. This decision allows US forces to attack the guards and this is not a war on Iran .. The militias of the crowd in front of the test of Khamenei's orders, or surrender like Abdul Mahdi or go together. "

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"The IRGC has been placed on the terrorism list, a proactive step taken by the United States to respond to Tehran's call for the Iraqi government to remove US forces from Iraq, which has put the Iraqi government in an embarrassing position, which may entail harsh measures if Iraq has not dealt with the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. "

"All the agreements concluded by Adel Abdul Mahdi are canceled after Trump's decision to place the IRGC on the terrorism list. Any violation of this decision would entail harsh measures that could overthrow the Iraqi government as a supporter of a terrorist organization." 
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Observers stressed the need for the international community to take a firm stance in confronting the suspicious role played by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in undermining international peace and security.

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I saw this yesterday and and have not seen a post of it here yet. If it has been posted, I'm sorry and mods can fix it. However, this got me to thinking about what Yota just posted a short time ago with the parliament meeting and talking about foreign troops in Iraq again. I know some want us out and there are a number of iranian units and influence still there after ISIS's defeat. I am sure some of this was discussed with the speaker when he was here in the US last week. This could have possibly been a good move. Iraq now has a decision to make, get rid of the iranian influence and be our friend, or we will take care of them for dealing with terrorists. I would be curious to hear some other thoughts and comments about this.

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-declares-irans-guard-force-a-terrorist-organization/ar-BBVIhXy?ocid=ientp

US labels elite Iran force a foreign terrorist organization

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government that may prompt retaliation and make it harder for American diplomats and military officers to work with allies in the region.

It is the first time that the U.S. has designated an entity of another government as a terrorist organization, placing a group with vast economic resources that answers only to Iran's supreme leader in the same category as al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

"This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, 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," President Donald Trump said in announcing the measure.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the designation is intended to increase pressure on Iran, isolating it further and diverting some of the financial resources it uses to fund terrorism and militant activity in the Middle East and beyond. But, in addition to the potential for Iranian retaliation, it complicates a delicate balance for U.S. personnel in at least two key countries.

The administration went ahead with the designation despite expressions of "serious" concern by senior defense and intelligence officials about the possibility of retaliation, as well as the effectiveness against an organization already subject to sanctions, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision.

a stack of pancakes on a track with smoke coming out of it: Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire missiles during a war game in a desert near the holy city of Qom, southeast of Tehran, November 2006. REUTERS/Fars News

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Pompeo said the move is part of an effort to put "maximum pressure" on Iran to end its support for terrorist plots and militant activity that destabilizes the Middle East. Speaking to reporters, he rattled off a list of attacks dating to the 1980s for which the U.S. holds Iran and the IRGC responsible, beginning with the attacks on the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983.

No waivers or exceptions to the sanctions were announced, meaning U.S. troops and diplomats could be barred from speaking with Iraqi or Lebanese authorities who have dealings with Guard officials or surrogates. Such contact occurs now between U.S. officials in Iraq who deal with Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias and in Lebanon, where the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement is in parliament and the government.

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies had raised concerns about the impact of the designation if the move did not allow contact with other foreign officials who may have met with or communicated with Guard personnel. Those concerns have in part dissuaded previous administrations from taking the step, which has been considered for more than a decade.

 

  • FILE - In this Feb, 11, 2019 file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guard members arrive for a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi, or Freedom, Square, in Tehran, Iran. President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a "foreign terrorist organization." It's an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Mideast and elsewhere. U.S. officials say an announcement is expected Monday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference to announce the Trump administration's plan to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," Monday, April 8, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy. U.S. Officials say an announcement could come as early as Monday, April 8, 2019, following a months-long escalation in the administration’s rhetoric against Iran. The move would be the first such designation by any U.S. administration of an entire foreign government entity. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference to announce the Trump administration's plan to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," Monday, April 8, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks to journalists after his speech at a conference called "A World Without Terror," in Tehran, Iran. On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move against a national armed force. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went from being a domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational fighting force. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2011 file photo, female members of the Iranian paramilitary Basij force, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard stand in formation as a woman photographs them in a rally in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran. On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move against a national armed force. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went from being a domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational fighting force.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
FILE - In this Feb, 11, 2019 file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guard members arrive for a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi, or Freedom, Square, in Tehran, Iran. President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a "foreign terrorist organization." It's an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Mideast and elsewhere. U.S. officials say an announcement is expected Monday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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The Justice Department said Monday it would prosecute violations but officials declined to say how broadly they would interpret the provision barring "material support" to the IRGC. A strict interpretation would leave hundreds of European companies and executives at risk for U.S. travel bans or criminal penalties in addition to limiting American officials' ability to deal with foreign counterparts who have links to the guard.

The designation "raises the question of whether a non-U.S. company or individual could be prosecuted for engaging in commercial transactions with an Iranian company controlled by the IRGC," said Anthony Rapa, an international trade and national security attorney with Kirkland and Ellis.

Critics of the hardline policy also see it as a prelude to conflict.

"This move closes yet another potential door for peacefully resolving tensions with Iran," said Trita Parsi, the founder of the National Iranian American Council. "Once all doors are closed, and diplomacy is rendered impossible, war will essentially become inevitable."

National Security Action, a group made up of mainly former Obama administration officials, said it would put U.S. troops at risk while jeopardizing the 2015 nuclear accord with which Iran is still complying.

"We need to call out today's move for what it is: another dangerous and self-defeating tactic that endangers our troops and serves nothing but the Trump administration's goal of destroying the Iran deal," it said.

The designation could also open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution for sanctions violations.

The IRGC is a paramilitary organization formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government. The force answers only to Iran's supreme leader, operates independently of the regular military and has vast economic interests across the country. The U.S. estimates it may control or have a significant influence over up to 50% of the Iranian economy, including non-military sectors like banking and shipping.

Iran has long been designated a "state sponsor of terrorism" by the U.S. and the State Department currently designates more than 60 organizations as "foreign terrorist organizations." But none of them is a state-run military.

Iran immediately responded to the designation with its Supreme National Security Council designating the U.S. Central Command, also known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as terrorist, and labeling the U.S. a "supporter of terrorism."

The Council denounced the U.S. decision as "illegal and dangerous" and said the U.S. government would be responsible for all "dangerous repercussions" of its decision. It defended the IRGC, which has fought Islamic State fighters, as being a force against terrorism.

American military commanders were planning to warn U.S. troops remaining in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region of the possibility of retaliation. Aside from Iraq, where some 5,200 American troops are stationed, and Syria, where some U.S. 2,000 troops remain, the U.S. 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf from its base in Bahrain, and the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, are potentially at risk.

The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, and the State Department's counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, said the decision was reached after consultation with agencies throughout the government but would not say in a news conference if the military or intelligence concerns had been addressed.

"Doing this will not impede our diplomacy," Hook said, without elaborating. He noted that the U.S. has at various times had contact or even formal negotiations with members of groups that are subject to sanctions.

Reaction from those who favor tougher engagement with Iran was quick and welcoming.

"Thank you, my dear friend, US President Donald Trump," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet, a day before what could be a close election. "Thank you for answering another of my important requests that serves the interests of our countries and of countries in the region."

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the action an "overdue" but essential step that should be followed by additional sanctions.

Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the designation "ends the facade that the IRGC is part of a normal military."

And, the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, called it "an imperative for Middle East security, peace, and stability, and an urgent and necessary step to end war and terrorism throughout the region and the world."

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55 minutes ago, 8th ID said:

This could have possibly been a good move. Iraq now has a decision to make, get rid of the iranian influence and be our friend, or we will take care of them for dealing with terrorists. I would be curious to hear some other thoughts and comments about this.

 

:twothumbs: Oh, YEAH, THIS Is A Good Move, 8th ID, AND The Very Best Of Your Week To You!!! :tiphat:

 

Honestly, Flimsy (an ACCURATE depiction of nature, stature, AND character NOT name calling) Carter REALLY screwed THIS up during HIS term as President Of The United States Of America. Screw UP OR Facilitated???!!! I can NOT imagine a Screw Up getting THIS bad. I suspect the IRGC was well into the making BEFORE 1979 so one must wonder if "Poppy" Bush had ANYTHING to do with propping up THIS mess. NOW that "Poppy" is gone, the mess MAY NOW be being dealt with.

 

I still think the Muddle East mess contravened the 1972 former President Tricky AND Mousy Dung agreements. The "opium wars" cancerous blight HAD to be addressed. SO what did "Poppy" do???!!! Created HUGE opium crops in Afghanistan originally mainly funneled to the UK (complicit in the original "opium war") NOW mainly funneled to The United States Of America. So, I imagine the Deep State in Iran, The United States Of America, AND Elsewhere are taking a HUGE HIT FINANCIALLY with the "Poppy" crops AND manufacturing facilities in Afghanistan (AND, potentially elsewhere) destroyed.

 

So, looking at the past 40 Year history of the IRGC, the IRGC HAS BEEN very effective in disrupting the Old Silk Road Trade BETWEEN China AND Europe AND ALL Along The Way.

 

NOW.........................................................

 

Fast Forwarding to TODAY, China HAS BEEN building up the INFRASTRUCTURE Behind the Scenes (financing AND otherwise) for RESTARTING The Old Silk Road via the Belt AND Road Initiative.

 

SO............................................................

 

1 hour ago, 8th ID said:

The IRGC is a paramilitary organization formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government. The force answers only to Iran's supreme leader, operates independently of the regular military and has vast economic interests across the country. The U.S. estimates it may control or have a significant influence over up to 50% of the Iranian economy, including non-military sectors like banking and shipping.

 

To me, THIS says A WHOLE LOT for WHY the IRGC MUST BE DISMANTLED FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE for ANY progress to be made in Iraq AND to fulfill the 1972 former President Tricky AND Mousy Dung agreements for RESTARTING the Old Silk Road AWAY FROM the "opium wars" mode.

 

Legitimate Trade WITHOUT the IRGC AND Deep State (INTERNATIONALLY) vs. Illicit Trade for Black Ops by The Insanian IRGC AND OTHER Deep State Actors INTERNATIONALLY!!!

 

To me, THERE IS NO WAY THIS type of action would be taken place if the "end game" HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN put in MOTION SWIFTLY AND SURELY.

 

I REALLY think THIS is GOOD AND PARAMOUNT to OUR Speculative Bicraqi Iraqi Dinar Investment.

 

The added extensions to the Insanian Spanction waivers WERE GIVEN, in my opinion, due to DEEPER layers of Deep State mechanisms discovered. The NOW announced Insanian IRGC Spanctions ARE an indication, to me, the KILL of THIS Deep State mechanism is in progress AND soon to be completed.

 

The Nauti Arabians, Scordanians, Guitaris, KoolAidis, AND Bicraqi Iraqi AMONG ALL the OTHER Old Silk Road legacy benficiaries WILL benefit for the 40 Year Old Insanian IRGC being removed AND destroyed.

 

Well, OK, You did ask for thoughts on THIS!!! :lmao:   :lmao:   :lmao:

 

REMEMBER the "Standard" "Disclaimer"!!! :o   :o   :o

 

Go Moola Nova!

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25 minutes ago, Synopsis said:

I still think the Muddle East mess contravened the 1972 former President Tricky AND Mousy Dung agreements. The "opium wars" cancerous blight HAD to be addressed. SO what did "Poppy" do???!!! Created HUGE opium crops in Afghanistan originally mainly funneled to the UK (complicit in the original "opium war") NOW mainly funneled to The United States Of America.  

 

 

To me, THIS says A WHOLE LOT for WHY the IRGC MUST BE DISMANTLED FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE

 

 

 

The Nauti Arabians, Scordanians, Guitaris, KoolAidis, AND Bicraqi Iraqi AMONG ALL the OTHER Old Silk Road legacy benficiaries WILL benefit for the 40 Year Old Insanian IRGC being removed AND destroyed.

 

 

Synopsis, there's a lot I don't understand here.  

 

Why and how would George Bush (the first) create huge opium crops in Afghanistan?  Did he want to spread heroine around the world or what?

 

Also, how is it possible to dismantle the army of Iran, leaving a country with no army?  Doesn't every country have some sort of defense? 

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21 minutes ago, Floridian said:

Also, how is it possible to dismantle the army of Iran, leaving a country with no army?  Doesn't every country have some sort of defense? 

 

:twothumbs:, Floridian, AND The Very Best Of Your Week To You!!! :tiphat:

 

The Insanian IRGC is like the French Foreign Legion ADDRESSING "Foreign" "Concerns" ON "Foreign" "Soil" SO the Insanians have a Regular, National Army/Forces for THEIR activites. To note, the originally supplied The United States Of America F-14 Tomcats ARE NOT a part of the Insanian IRGC arsenal.

 

Go Moola Nova!

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55 minutes ago, Synopsis said:

 

:twothumbs:, Floridian, AND The Very Best Of Your Week To You!!! :tiphat:

 

The Insanian IRGC is like the French Foreign Legion ADDRESSING "Foreign" "Concerns" ON "Foreign" "Soil" SO the Insanians have a Regular, National Army/Forces for THEIR activites. To note, the originally supplied The United States Of America F-14 Tomcats ARE NOT a part of the Insanian IRGC arsenal.

 

Go Moola Nova!

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Oh, I didn't know that they had 2 armies.  Thanks.  😊

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Rouhani: Were it not for the sacrifices of the Revolutionary Guards, countries in the region would have been under the control of a preacher
[International: Al Furat News] Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said that without the sacrifices and efforts of the Revolutionary Guards to fight terrorism, two countries in the region would have been under the control of Takhfiri.
Rohani said in a telephone conversation Tuesday with his French counterpart, Amanoel Macron, that the nuclear deal is very important and stressed that the two parties should implement all their commitments in the nuclear agreement so that Iran can obtain its legitimate economic interests in the nuclear agreement. The implementation of its commitments has not yet seen a significant practical action by the other party. 
Rohani pointed out that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far supported 14 times Iran's commitment to the nuclear agreement, calling for a speedy activation of the European financial mechanism within the framework of the European commitments in the nuclear agreement.
Rohani also considered the recent American action against the Revolutionary Guard as "a provocative, dangerous and unprecedented measure in international relations," adding that "the explicit recognition of the prime minister of the Zionist entity that the American action came at the request of Tel Aviv," adding: "Without the sacrifices of the Revolutionary Guards, At least under the control of an advocate, and that these forces with their sacrifices and efforts dealt a severe blow to the Mujahedeen and terrorist groups in the region. " 
"The will of the Iranian government is based on maintaining the security of the region and preventing tensions from growing," he said. 
Rohani expressed his appreciation for the French president's sympathy with the Iranian government and people for the recent floods and for announcing France's readiness to send humanitarian aid.
"France and its European partners are seriously following their commitments to implement all the terms of the nuclear agreement," he said. 
"France is closely following the developments in the region and is using all its efforts to preserve and guarantee Iran's interests in the nuclear agreement. The creation of the financial mechanism is a sign of Europe's will to maintain the nuclear agreement," McCron said. 
"France and its other European partners are doing their utmost to encourage America to change the ban on Iran, and there is no doubt that the role of Russia and China is very important in this regard," he said. 
The French president also expressed his sympathy to the government and people of Iran, especially the families of the victims of the recent floods, pointing out that his country is determined to send humanitarian aid to the flood victims.
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