Iranian Parliament to hold session on EP's anti-IRGC decision
The National Security Commission of the Iranian Parliament is set to convene following the European Parliament's decision to consider the IRGC a "terrorist" organization.
On Wednesday, Iran's Vice Chairman of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that the Commission will hold an extraordinary meeting to examine a number of issues, which includes, and is not limited to, the recent European Parliament (EP) decision call on the EU to add the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) to its "terror list".
On Wednesday, the European Parliament held a session and voted on this proposal, noting that the results are non-binding.
The vote was approved with 598 countries voting in favor, 9 against, and 31 abstentions.
Swedish Member of the European Parliament, Charlie Weimers, said in a Tweet that "the EU Parliament has today voted to call for the EU and its Member States to include the IRGC on the EU’s terrorist list. The amendment of my group (@ecrgroup) was passed with an overwhelming majority."
Weimers added, "Tomorrow, I hope members will take the next step & call to suspend JCPOA."
‼️The EU Parliament has today voted to call for the EU and its Member States to include the IRGC on the EU’s terrorist list.— Charlie Weimers MEP 🇸🇪 (@weimers) January 18, 2023
The amendment of my group (@ecrgroup) was passed with an overwhelming majority.
Tomorrow, I hope members will take the next step & call to suspend JCPOA. pic.twitter.com/LBw8jeIMNY
On that note, the Spokesperson for Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abolfazl Amoui described the EP's decision as an "act of sabotage" and stressed that the "Shura Council will respond seriously to this negative and undiplomatic measure."
Furthermore, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated that the EU's decision to include the Iranian IRGC on its "terrorist list" demonstrates the Europeans' desperation and ignorance, emphasizing that the designation will not hinder the IRGC's anti-terror campaign.
Earlier on Tuesday, the head of the Political Bureau of the IRGC, Brigadier General Rasoul Sanai-Rad, warned against European countries taking this step, saying that this "will cause more strategic problems for these countries than it will to Iran."
He stressed that "the Guard is part of the country's official and legal armed forces, and that any action against it is considered an act against the Iranian nation and sovereignty, and it will certainly not pass without a response."
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