THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

Issue 79, May 2019

US designates Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

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  By Andrea Tovar, Inessa Owens and Paul E. Amberg, Baker McKenzie www.bakermckenzie.com   On 8 April 2019, the Trump administration escalated pressure on Iran by announcing its plan to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (‘IRGC’) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (‘FTO’) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The designation, effective from 15 April, marks the first time the United States has branded a foreign government military entity a terrorist group. In retaliation, Iran designated US forces in the Middle East as a terrorist group. The designation of the IRGC as an FTO only has limited...

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