The U.S. Trump administration has been very forthcoming about the need for changes in the Iranian government. President Trump has been very outspoken against the current regime and his administration has aggressively sought out sanctions and designations against individuals and entities engaging in business with Iran based on its ballistic missile activities.
“This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran’s malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “These sanctions [which occurred on July 18, 2017] target procurement of advanced military hardware, such as fast attack boats and unmanned aerial vehicles, and send a strong signal that the United States cannot and will not tolerate Iran’s provocative and destabilizing behavior. We will continue to target the IRGC and pressure Iran to cease its ballistic missile program and malign activities in the region.”
In compliment to these sanctions, the U.S. Congress voted and approved a bi-partisan law that included sanctions against Iran, Russia, and North Korea. This law also specified the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be designated as a “Specialty Designated Global Terrorist according to Executive Order 13224”.
Various representatives spoke out on July 25, during the session when a vote was called. They spoke about the need to address the threats from Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Specifically, the speakers pointed out that these sanctions would not be a violation of the current JCPOA, which is the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. The law still needs to be signed by President Trump before it can be enacted.
According to the law, “Beginning on the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall impose the sanctions described in subsection (c) with respect to the IRGC and foreign persons that are officials, agents or affiliates of the IRGC.”
During the discussion, it was clear the new administration has set the tone for how the U.S. will be dealing with Iran in the future. The U.S. is taking the lead on the global scene regarding Iran’s influence in the region. This designation against the IRGC is important because of the crippling effect it will have on the regime’s flow of money. The IRGC is currently the powerhouse of the regime’s economy, as well as the military arm supporting Khamenei’s control over Iran and its military objectives throughout the region.
Yet, this recent designation of the IRGC was something that the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has been calling for repeatedly over the years. This call has been echoed by tens of thousands of Iranian expats, politicians from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.
This bipartisan resolution needs to be complimented by several key steps, as follows:
- It is incumbent upon the administration to fully implement the resolution. It is time to kiss the old policy of accommodating the ayatollahs goodbye for good.
- Recognize the resistance of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. Expel the regime from the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and hand over the Iran’s seat to the Iranian people’s Resistance.
- Evict the IRGC from the entire region, in particular Syria and Iraq.
By taking these next steps, Iran could see the end of this regime and the change to a democratic and free Iran.