The European Parliament called for sanctions to be imposed on it, but the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on Saturday, warned the European Union against making a “mistake” by including it on the blacklist of “terrorist” organizations.
The commander of the Guard, Hossein Salami, said that the Europeans should “bear the consequences if they make a mistake,” in statements reported by the Guard’s “Sepa News” website, which are his first since the European Parliament’s decision, according to AFP.
He also considered, during his meeting with Parliament Speaker Muhammad Baqir Qalibaf, that “Europe has not learned from its past mistakes,” and “believes that with these statements it can shake” the Revolutionary Guards, stressing that the Guards “do not worry at all about such threats because whenever our enemies give us an opportunity to move.” We’re moving stronger,” he said.
The European Parliament’s decision came at a time of increasing tension between Tehran and Brussels, against the background of the protests taking place in Iran, and the Westerners accusing Tehran of providing Russia with drones that it used in Ukraine.
On Thursday, Parliament asked the European Union to include the IRGC on the blacklist of “terrorist organizations”, including the Quds Force, which is entrusted with foreign operations, and the Mobilization Forces (Basij).
The text, approved by European representatives, also called for banning “any economic or financial activity” with the Revolutionary Guards through companies or institutions that may be linked to it.
It is noteworthy that the United States had previously included the Guard on the list of “terrorist” organizations in 2019. In Europe, this legally complex procedure belongs to the European Council, which is the only one authorized to apply sanctions.
A number of Member States supported the text, while others were more cautious.
It is noteworthy that the next meeting of foreign ministers will discuss, on January 23, the imposition of a fourth package of sanctions on Iran against the backdrop of suppressing the protests that followed the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, and Iran’s support for Russia in the field of military equipment.