Tehran 0
10 April 2019

President Rouhani, discussing the U.S. move to designate the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), remarked that "the prime minister of the Zionist regime [i.e. Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu] has explicitly announced that the U.S.' move was on their request, and in other words, all U.S. crimes and illegal acts have been because of someone's victory in the occupied territories' elections". He went on to assert that "today, the people of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations in the region have not forgotten Iran and the IRGC's services, and this move will not change anything... over the past 40 years, the U.S. has shown full-fledged animosity against Iran, and today it has been more blatant in this path". "If they want to step beyond the propaganda", Rouhani continued, "they will encounter problems and disasters, and I do not think they will do anything else, no matter how inexperienced they are". 

Subscribe to Crisis Group’s Email Updates

Receive the best source of conflict analysis right in your inbox.