March 23, 2022, 11:25am
Over 80 Congress members on Tuesday urged the Biden administration not to delist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terror group, a move it is thought to be weighing in its bid to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran.
In a letter addressed to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the group — led by Rep. Scott Franklin (Republican of Florida) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (Republican of New York) — said they “are united in strong opposition to any move to legitimize the IRGC’s reckless, destabilizing, and antisemitic actions through the Middle East.”
“The IRGC continues to actively participate in acts of terror and destabilizing actions in the region — particularly against one of our closest allies, Israel,” the letter said.State of Jerusalem: The MaqdasyinKeep Watching
The lawmakers pointed to the hardline Islamic militia as a chief sponsor of many terror groups, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthis, adding that its actions have led to “countless deaths,” including those of over 600 US servicemen during the American occupation of Iraq.
“It is unconscionable that the United States should fail to exert maximum pressure on an evil and malign organization like the IRGC,” they said.
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