1038 GMT November 22, 2019
The bill was passed by Parliament last week in retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s decision this month to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.
Rouhani instructed the Intelligence Ministry, Foreign Ministry, the Armed Forces, and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to implement the law.
The law specifically labels as a terrorist organization the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), which is responsible for US military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the US designated the IRGC as a “foreign terrorist group,” making the elite Iranian military force the first agency of a foreign government that has ever been blacklisted.
On April 9, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the recent US decision against the IRGC is rooted in America’s “rancor” against the force, which has been in the forefront of the fight against enemies.
“The IRGC is the vanguard both on the field confronting the enemy on [Iranian] borders and even several thousand kilometers away [in Syria] as well as on the political battleground against the enemy,” the Leader said, adding that Americans hold a grudge against the force for that reason.
Washington’s decision has also sparked global criticisms, with many countries arguing that blacklisting another country’s military forces violates in international regulations.
Critics inside the US have also warned the administration of President Donald Trump about the ramifications of the move for US forces in the Middle East.