US, Iran designate each other’s organisations as supporters of terrorism.

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The United States has designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is part of an effort to put maximum pressure on Iran to end its support for terrorist plots and militant activity that destabilizes the Middle East.

The designation will potentially open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to US travel bans and possible prosecution. Meanwhile, Iran has threatened to retaliate for the decision, and shortly after it was announced foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on President Hassan Rouhani to include Mideast-based US forces on Iran’s own terrorist list.

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