Publish date19 Jan 2023 - 15:00
Story Code : 581038

Lawmaker vows Iran’s response to European Parliament vote against IRGC

An Iranian Parliament Member has denounced a recent decision by the European Parliament to call on the EU for blacklisting Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist organization.
Lawmaker vows Iran’s response to European Parliament vote against IRGC
Abolfazl Amouei, spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Majlis (the Iranian Parliament), made the remarks to Iran's Tasnim news agency on Wednesday.

He called the EP's move "anti-Iranian" and "undoubtedly destructive," adding that "Majlis would definitely issue a serious reaction to the European Parliament's undiplomatic move."

"The European Parliament's destructive and negative measure would be examined in the next meeting of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, which would likely be joined by senior officials from the Foreign Ministry and other relevant [Iranian] bodies," the lawmaker added.

Earlier in the day, the European Parliament's members backed an amendment added to an annual foreign policy report, calling for "the EU and its member states to include the IRGC in the EU's terror list."
The hostile measure was passed by a vote of 598 in favor and nine against, with 31 abstentions.

The amendment will urge Brussels to blacklist the IRGC military force, the volunteer Basij force, and the IRGC's Quds Force.

And it would hit "any economic and financial activity involving businesses and commercial activities related to, owned, wholly or in part, by, or fronting for, the IRGC or IRGC-affiliated individuals, regardless of their country of operation."

Also on Wednesday, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi censured "some Europeans" for their attempts to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, stating that the move clearly attested to the mental and political weakness of its architects.
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