WEB Notes: Sanctions have been implemented against Iran in the past, but not against a branch of their armed forces. This is a remarkable escalation and it very well could be the next major step toward a conflict with Iran. It is going to happen, it is written.
While most attention has been focused on the Russia elements of the bipartisan sanctions bill signed by President Trump on Wednesday, the legislation also – for the first time – targets Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for its support for terrorism.
In recent weeks Iranian officials have warned that naming the IRGC a terror-sponsoring group could lead to violence, with armed forces chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Baqeri saying the move “would be a big risk to the U.S. and its bases and forces stationed in the region.”
NIAC’s sister organization NIAC Action said Wednesday the Iran sanctions in the bill were “dangerous and controversial” and “will likely backfire against us.”
“These Iran sanctions are a threat to the nuclear agreement and give Donald Trump new tools to significantly escalate tensions in the Middle East,” said executive director Jamal Abdi.