Iranian parliament approved draft on recognition of CENTCOM as terrorists

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian national flag flutters in Tehran April 15, 2011. REUTERS/STR/File Photo

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Iranian Parliament approved a bill recognizing the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist group, Mehr agency reported.

Earlier, the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, in response to the decision of the United States to declare the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, recognized CENTCOM as a terrorist organization, and the United States itself was “the state sponsor of terrorism.”

According to the agency, 204 members of parliament voted for the bill entitled “Response measures against the recognition by the United States of the IRGC as a terrorist organization”, two against, no abstentions.

According to the bill, any informational, financial, technological assistance of CENTCOM will be regarded as a terrorist activity. In addition, the Iranian government should protect all legal entities and individuals “who cooperate with the IRGC within and outside the country from possible legal and spiritual harm caused by the inclusion of the IRGC in the list of terrorist groups,” the agency writes.

The government should also neutralize US measures through negotiations on this issue with international organizations, in addition to bilateral and trilateral negotiations with other countries.

US President Donald Trump said earlier that he would include the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on the list of foreign organizations that the US considers terrorist. The Supreme National Security Council of Iran called the decision taken by Washington unfounded.

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