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Iran's parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

AP  |  Tehran 

Iran's lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labelling U.S. forces in the as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary formally took effect, state TV reported.

Gen. introduced the bill authorising the government to act firmly in response to "terrorist actions" by U.S. forces.

It demands authorities use "legal, political and diplomatic" measures to neutralize the American move, without elaborating.

The U.S. move aims at "thwarting Iran's influence," and shows that America's longstanding sanctions against have become ineffective, Hatami told lawmakers.

During the debate, some hard-liner lawmakers had demanded listing the entire U.S. army and security forces as terrorist.

The TV report said 204 lawmakers approved the bill, out of 207 present at the session in the 290-seat chamber. Two lawmakers voted against the bill and one abstained.

However, it remains unclear how the bill's passage in parliament would affect the Gourd's activities in the Persian Gulf, where the U.S. Navy has in the past accused Iranian patrol boats of harassing American warships.

The Revolutionary has forces and wields influence in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and is in charge of Iranian missiles that have U.S. bases in their range.

The Guard's designation the first-ever for an entire division of another government adds another layer of sanctions to the powerful paramilitary force and makes it a crime under U.S. jurisdiction to provide it with material support.

Depending on how broadly "material support" is interpreted, the designation may complicate U.S. diplomatic and military cooperation with certain third-country officials, notably in and Lebanon, who deal with the

and announced the designation with great fanfare last week.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:25 IST