IRGC to boost defense power after US terror blacklisting

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that it will firmly reciprocate the United States’ blacklisting of the elite force and teach the Islamic Republic’s enemies an “unforgettable lesson.”

In a statement on Wednesday, the IRGC said Washington’s “illegal, unusual and unprecedented” move indicated the US’ “deep grudge and wrath” towards the IRGC.

US President Donald Trump on Monday released a statement, designating the IRGC as “a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

The IRGC statement said the US blacklisting of the force was the latest in a series of the White House’s back-to-back failures in the Middle East, and added that the US decision made the IRGC more determined to improve its defense and offensive capabilities.

“This unprecedented measure will make the IRGC more determined to speed up the promotion of its defense and offensive systems and capabilities as well as its regional growing power,” it added.

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