By INU Staff
INU - On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill placing new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. It follows a similar bill that was overwhelmingly adopted last month by the Senate in a 98-2 vote.
In another strong 419-3 vote in favor of this bill, the bipartisan “Countering Adversarial Nations through Sanctions Act (H.R.3364)” has made it veto proof. Alterations were made to the initial text to gain White House consent.
The House Resolution text reads in part, “The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), not just the IRGC Quds Force, is responsible for implementing Iran’s international program of destabilizing activities, support for acts of international terrorism and ballistic missiles.”
This strikes a blow to Tehran and is a major success for the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
The NCRI’s president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, tweeted on July 25, 2017, “I welcome the US House of Reps’ new sanctions and terrorist designation of #IRGC as essential to rectifying the policy of appeasement pic.twitter.com/hfSzmwT3Pz
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi)”
In Washington, calls for regime change in Iran and support for the NCRI have been gaining unprecedented weight.
Iran has been found to be “threatening U.S. national security and undermining global stability with a range of aggressive acts” through ballistic missile tests, support of terrorist organizations, and meddling in the internal affairs of other states. The House bill calls for political and economic measures to make Iran accountable.
This resolution can be considered the blacklisting of Iran’s IRGC, as the criteria imposes mirroring restrictions, and goes even further. The IRGC will be placed on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists once these procedures become law and US President Donald Trump takes the necessary engagements.
The following is a list of the actions stated in this House resolution:
- All assets and property in the US belonging to IRGC-linked individuals and entities will be frozen.
- No American individual or entity has the right to establish financial, business, services or other affiliations with any individuals directly or indirectly associated to the IRGC.
- No American individual or entity has the right to violate these sanctions through intermediaries or bypassing these procedures.
- All individuals and entities having any relations with the IRGC must be sanctioned. Considering the fact that the IRGC officially enjoy a variety of connections and associations, this will effectively be paralyzing for Iran. One such example is the IRGC Khatam al-Anbiya group that is currently cooperating with more than 2,500 economic firms. All these companies will be sanctioned, rendering any relations with them illegal.
- As these measures place the IRGC under secondary banking sanctions, practically no financial institution will be permitted to provide direct and/or indirect banking services to IRGC-linked individuals and entities. No foreign bank will cooperate with any Iranian entity that is in any way related to the IRGC and/or its affiliated entities.
The NCRI’s annual convention was held on July 1st in Paris this year, and senior American figures like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for drastic moves against Iran.
In his speech at the NCRI event, Giuliani said, “It is long past time to declare the IRGC a terrorist organization. They on their hands the blood of so many of your people, and they have on their hands the blood of my people, too, whom they helped to kill in Iraq. We should declare them a terrorist organization so we can cut them off support around the world.”
Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Keyhan daily, allied with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that these new methods are the “mother of all sanctions.” This displays the significant political impact of these sanctions for Tehran.
The new sanctions come while the Trump administration is putting together its comprehensive Iran policy. In recent remarks, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis both mentioned regime change.
The next steps that are necessary for Washington and the international community are to officially designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization,stand with the Iranian people and their organized opposition, as represented by the NCRI, and help change Tehran’s regime.