EMET statement on IRGC’s continued listing as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO)
The IRGC is the umbrella group tasked with training and funding Islamist terrorist organizations including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Houthis and many others.
Washington, DC, April 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EMET is somewhat encouraged by new reports that the Biden administration has backtracked and will no longer remove the IRGC from the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list. ) of the State Department.
The IRGC is the umbrella group tasked with training and funding Islamist terrorist organizations including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Houthis and many others. The IRGC was responsible for the bombing of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983, which resulted in the deaths of 241 US Marines who slept in their barracks.
If this is true, we are grateful that President Biden, along with others in his administration, understood how pernicious this would be to the national security interests of the United States, as well as those of our friends and allies in the region.
Contrary to popular belief on Capitol Hill, we know that removing the IRGC from the State Department’s foreign terrorist list is not “merely symbolic.” This would have broad implications for the ability of IRGC members to travel or immigrate to the United States, their ability to use international banking systems, and the ability of American citizens to sue the Islamic Republic of Iran for the wrongful death of their relatives due to terrorism.
In particular, TMT wishes to express its gratitude to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, who said during an April 7 hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee: “I believe that the IRGC-Quds force is a terrorist. terrorist organization and I am not in favor of delisting them from the foreign terrorist organization.
EMET has worked tirelessly to educate congressional offices on this and other issues related to the Iran nuclear deal. Over the past few weeks, many members on both sides of the aisle have drawn attention to the issue through press conferences and public letters. Growing opposition from members of Congress and their constituents certainly played a role in this new about-face, and EMET would like to thank everyone who spoke out.
This is a welcome development and EMET will continue to do everything possible to educate members of Congress and the public about the incredible dangers of what was negotiated behind closed doors in Vienna. This good news, if true, is just one of many dangerous concessions made in Vienna that would put the United States and our allies in grave danger.
EMET Founder and President Sarah Stern said, “It is simply appalling that any responsible US interlocutor would actually consider removing the IRGC from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Thousands of Americans have died or returned from Iraq with missing limbs or in body bags due to IRGC-made improvised explosive devices. The IRGC is “the mother of all Islamist terrorist organizations”. It recruits, trains and equips Islamist terrorist organizations around the world, including a growing network of Hezbollah bases in South America.
EMET is stunned that the United States has behaved so obsequiously towards the Islamic Republic and that we are still considering releasing at least $90 billion in frozen assets to Iran. This money will not go to the good people of Iran, most of whom were born after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and despise the regime, but to its nuclear program and their many Iranian terrorist proxies, across the world.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “longer and stronger deal”. What emerged from Vienna is a shorter, weaker deal that never addressed the fatal flaws of the 2015 JCPOA: sunset clauses, missile development and Iran’s malign behavior around the world . This agreement, paradoxically, actually brings us closer to war because it gives Iran the path to a nuclear bomb in a few years. We all know how countries like Russia and North Korea behave because they are under a nuclear umbrella. Iran’s neighboring countries, which have to live with the consequences of a vastly enriched, emboldened and self-sufficient Iran, were not even allowed to participate in the negotiations.
Ms. Stern added: “At EMET, we work with Congress every day to make sure they are exercising their constitutional oversight responsibility and seeing what is in the deal before it is done. be too late.
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