The legislation was approved by 173 to 4 votes, with 11 abstentions at an open parliamentary session in Tehran on Tuesday, Press TV reported.
The measure is intended to “reciprocate” Washington’s recent labeling of the IRGC a “terrorist” entity, which “undermines regional and international peace and security” and “runs contrary to the principles of international law.”
Under the new law, “CENTCOM as well as forces, organizations and bodies under its command, are declared terrorist and providing any assistance – including military, intelligence, financial, technical, educational, administrative and logistical – to these forces in order to counter the IRGC and the Islamic Republic of Iran amounts to collaboration in an act of terror.”
On April 8, the White House labeled Iran “a State Sponsor of Terrorism” and the IRGC a “foreign terrorist organization,” claiming that the elite force “actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”
In a swift response, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council designated the US government as a supporter of terrorism and CENTCOM as a terrorist organization.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the targeting of the IRGC is rooted in America’s “rancor” against the force, which has been at the forefront of the fight against enemies both inside and outside of Iran.