Delisting Iran’s terrorist designated IRGC will have serious consequences

The Biden administration and the Democrats are doing everything to prop up Iran “in ways that undermine the national security of US and Israel,” Republican congressman Chip Roy said Monday, pointing to the potential delisting of Iran’s terrorist designated IRGC.

The Texas representative told Iran International’s correspondent in Washington that removing Iran’s terrorist designated IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) from the list of ‘Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) would be “a foolish, wrong-headed and complete asinine policy.” August Pfluger, another Texas representative, told Iran International “it’s very important that we stand strong against the largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

The IRGC was added in 2019 by President Donald Trump to the ‘FTO’ list, the only example of a country’s armed forces being included. Pfluger argued that the IRGC should not be removed without Congressional approval, although it was added by Trump on presidential authority.

“We need to have a say,” Pfluger told our correspondent Arash Alaei in Washington. “We need to have our voices heard. So that the administration doesn’t do something that’s not listening to Congress, which is what we’ve been pushing for.”

The Biden administration’s new Nuclear Deal accord with Iran is likely to include a loophole that will “allow Iranian nationals linked to terrorism to enter and stay in the United States,” according to a new Republican-authored policy analysis circulating on Capitol Hill and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The question of removing the terrorist designated IRGC as an ‘FTO’ is reportedly at issue in Vienna talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Iran Monday said Washington’s failure to take political decisions in facing down domestic JCPOA opponents, including Republicans raising legislative hurdles like requiring Congressional support for IRGC delisting, had led to a delay in JCPOA arrival.

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on Thursday and first reported by the Free Beacon seeks to force the Biden administration into disclosing how sanctions relief for Iran will boost the IRGC’s capabilities.

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