Why repealing IRGC sanctions is infuriating but a sideshow – analysis

Former US State Department official Gabriel Noronha tweeted that the Biden administration is seriously considering a pitch by Iran negotiations chief Rob Malley to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp IRGC sanctions from the US’s terrorist list.

If the US goes through with this move, it would be infuriating to Israel, to Sunni Arab states, and portions of Americans, but it is also a sideshow to the real big game.

The real big game is whether sanctions are lifted on Tehran’s oil industry and whether the Biden team fills any of the holes in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal or adds new concessions, such as letting the ayatollahs keep hundreds of advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium in storage. IRGC sanctions

Why declaring the IRGC not to be terrorists is infuriating is sort of obvious.

Besides creating much of Hezbollah and the Houthi rebel forces which have ruined Lebanon and Yemen, the group is responsible for terrorism across the Middle East and even in Europe and other parts of the world.

It is the most fanatical, violent, and hardline segment of the regime.

When then US counter-terrorism state department official Nathan Sales explained the IRGC terrorist designation in April 2019 to a closed meeting of a handful of reporters, he said the broad goal was to “make it radioactive.”

The counter-terrorism official said that for years some entities were accused of supporting terrorism in a more general sense, but that “now Iran stands accused of directly engaging in terror.”

“This removes its plausible deniability. It cannot hide behind Hezbollah or Palestinian Islamic Jihad” anymore, he said.

The second area that Sales highlighted as being important about the designation was that it “enables material support [criminal] prosecutions [of] anyone knowingly providing support,” to any entities linked to the IRGC which can lead to an up to 20-year prisons sentence.

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