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Iranian Parliament ratifies bill designating US CENTCOM as terrorist group

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In a for move, 204 out of 256 members voted in favour of designating the (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organisation on Tuesday.

This comes after the designated Iran's (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation last week, a move which was severely criticised in Right after the listing, had advised its country's Supreme to include CENTCOM in its list of terrorist groups.

The bill also considers any type of financial, technological or information aid given to CENTCOM as a terrorist measure, according to

While announcing IRGC's designation, US had said: "The use of terrorism is central to the Iranian regime's foreign policy. The designation of IRGC, including will help starve the regime of the means to execute this destructive policy. Maximum pressure will be unrelenting until Iran's regime abandons its deadly ambitions."

IRGC's listing is the first time that the has designated another country's governmental entity as a terror body. The designation makes it illegal to provide any materials to Iran's paramilitary organisation, which was formed in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution to defend its government.

"This is just another chapter, there are more chapters to come...This was long overdue," a had said.

The CENTCOM, established in 1983, focuses on protecting the US' national interests and those of its partners in 20 nations in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and the strategic waterways that surround them.

Tensions between the and are high, especially after pulled out of the Nuclear deal under US Donald Trump.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 02:26 IST
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