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Rising US-Iran tension

PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Monday announced that the United States is designating Iran’s elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a terrorist organisation. Trump alleged in a statement that the “unprecedented” move “recognises the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft”. The move is peculiar as it is the first time that the US has designated a part of another country as a terrorist organisation.
This is part of a series of measures that the Trump Administration is taking to make things difficult for the Iranian Government at the instance of Israel. The Trump Administration has already imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran after withdrawing last year from an international agreement under which Tehran drastically scaled back its nuclear programme. The US has long been using sanctions as a tool to penalize states and nations that refuse to toe its lines on regional and international affairs. However, there is no indication that such sanctions or penalties ever produced the desired outcome except to create difficulties for people and as a consequence a surge in anti-Americanism. The latest move would also mean difficulties for Iranian government and people as immediately after the announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, warned all banks and businesses of consequences of dealing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Iran has threatened to retaliate and its Supreme National Security Council has declared the US a state-sponsor of terrorism and the US forces in the region as terrorist groups. Iran also believes the United States has given an election gift to Israeli PM Netanyahu, vowing to defend its national interests at all costs. Unfortunately, despite calls from just minded members of the international community to exercise patience and resort to discussion and dialogue for resolution of issues, the United States is frequently resorting to use of force and pressure tactics in the conduct of international relations threatening peace and security and triggering economic instability in different regions.