Senior Iranian lawmaker reiterates call for removal of IRGC sanctions

Iran’s parliament reiterated Tehran’s demand to remove the IRGC from the US list of terrorist entities, as one of the steps needed to revive the JCPOA nuclear deal.

Spokesman for the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Mahmoud Abbaszadeh-Meshkini, said on Sunday that all demands of the Islamic Republic in the talks in Vienna must be met.

“When we say the lifting of all sanctions, it means institutions, companies and individuals; removing the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) from the list of terrorist organizations is also one of the expectations of the Islamic Republic”, did he declare.

Abbaszadeh-Meshkini added that there are five or six issues left in the Vienna talks, which are important and sensitive priorities for the Islamic Republic, noting that these are the country’s red lines.

Last week, 250 of the 290 members of parliament issued a statement urging President Ebrahim Raisi not to agree to a new nuclear deal without meeting Iran’s demands.

Iran insisted on obtaining a political guarantee from the United States that it would not renege on a new nuclear deal and would remove all sanctions imposed on Iran, whether for nuclear or other reasons, such as violations of human rights or terrorism. The United States said it would only remove nuclear-related sanctions.

Earlier in February, Israel urged US not to suppress IRGC from its list of terror groups, saying the IRGC – which has been designated as a terror group since 2019 – sponsors Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Houthis.

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