Iranian MPs convene with chants of ‘death to America’

Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Iranian lawmakers convened an open session of parliament Tuesday with chants of "Death to America", following a United States decision to blacklist Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In show of support, and before the start of the morning session on Tuesday, members of the Iranian parliament wore the IRGC dark green fatigues in defiance to the USA move.

Iranian leaders have slammed the United States for putting Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force on a list of foreign terrorist organisations.

The official government news outlet IRNA also quoted a reaction by Larijani saying the US decision "reflects the extent of the vengefulness and ignorance of this regime".

Monday's U.S. move, formally under the State Department's purview, has been made as part of the White House's increasingly aggressive strategy towards Iran. Tehran is deploying its puppet politicians in Baghdad to campaign against the U.S. military presence in Iraq, and the IRGC probably already has plans for strikes against American forces as a means for upping the stakes.

The IRGC, which has roughly 125,000 military personnel and enjoys growing public support, is also actively cooperating in construction, infrastructure and relief projects.

The designation also risks impacting U.S. relations with countries in the region that have direct relations with the Iranian government, including Lebanon and Iraq, where Shia-led armed groups are supported by the IRGC and are represented in the governments of those countries.

Rouhani, who headed Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in the 1990s and early 2000s, praised the IRGC, saying they have been sacrificing their lives to protect Iran.

The bold response from Iran comes in the wake of Trump's speech on Monday where he labelled the group as a "sponsor of terrorism".

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Pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC also applauded President Trump for the move.

Meanwhile, President Hassan Rouhani defended the Guards describing its men as Iran's protectors, a few months after he described them as "the government carrying a gun".

The Iranian regime lives and breathes Islamic extremism, which it seeks to export through its global jihad terrorist network.

Iran's president has branded the US the "leader of world terrorism" as the theocracy responds to President Donald Trump's classification of the country's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. The designation takes effect on April 15th.

The Revolutionary Guards have always been in the crosshairs of successive U.S. administrations.

"The leaders of Iran are racketeers, not revolutionaries", Pompeo said during his brief remarks.

Citing the IIRGC as a terrorist group is undoubtedly an escalation in US-Iran relations. They also said Iran's activities are "inconsistent" with a 2015 United Nations resolution calling on Iran not to undertake any activity involving such missiles.

The US move to designate IRGC as a terrorist organization has been negatively received by a number of countries. And this goes not just for voters for the Likud party, or the right-wing parties that are expected to join Likud in the next government, but even for Blue-and-White, which largely echoed Netanyahu's positions on important foreign-policy and national-security questions. "Protecting the revolution" meant detaining, torturing and murdering thousands of students and activists who participated in it, but did not share Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's hardline Islamist vision. The "malice" of identifying the IRGC as a terrorist organization "will lead nowhere", the supreme leader asserted.

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