Tehran 0
8 April 2019

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who had earlier argued that those favouring the IRGC's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization sought "to drag the U.S. into a quagmire on [Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's] behalf", characterised the formal announcement by the U.S. as "a(nother) misguided election-eve gift to Netanyahu. A(nother) dangerous U.S. misadventure in the region". Iran's Supreme National Security Council reciprocated the U.S. move by blacklisting U.S. Central Command, and in a statement Iran's general staff indicated that "we will spare no efforts in support of the IRGC anti-terror actions in the fight against [the] CENTCOM terrorist group". 

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