U.S. Welcomes Canada’s Designation of IRGC as Terrorist Group

This “sends a strong message that Canada will use all tools at its disposal to combat the terrorist activity of the IRGC, conducted both unilaterally and in knowing association with listed terrorist entities such as Hizballah and Hamas," Ottawa said.
Members of the Iran's Revolutionary Guards attend a rally against the U.S.'s decision to designate the guard as a foreign terrorist organization, April 12, 2019. (Photo: AP)
Members of the Iran's Revolutionary Guards attend a rally against the U.S.'s decision to designate the guard as a foreign terrorist organization, April 12, 2019. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller, addressing journalists on Thursday, expressed Washington’s support for the decision of the Canadian government to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization,

Asked about that move, Miller said, “We welcome the decision by Canada to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.”

“It’s something the United States has done,” he continued. “The IRGC’s terrorism and lethal plotting threatens the entire world, and we stand ready to provide support, as other countries consider designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization.”

Asked how the U.S. could do that, Miller explained, “We can provide information to them about activities” carried out by the IRGC, “something we often do in sharing intelligence information and other information with our allies and partners about activities” that “supporters of terrorism take around the world.”

Canadian Announcement

On Wednesday, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Liberal Party government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced in a news release that Canada had listed the IRGC as a terrorist group.

Canada named the IRGC’s Qods Force as a terrorist group in 2012, and the U.S. designated the IRGC, in its entirety, as a terrorist group in 2019.

It is unclear why Canada did so now, but it may relate to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas and Israel and Hizballah.

As the Ministry of Public Safety stated, the decision “sends a strong message that Canada will use all tools at its disposal to combat the terrorist activity of the IRGC, conducted both unilaterally and in knowing association with listed terrorist entities such as Hizballah and Hamas.”

The Ministry’s news release explained that two years ago, in November 2022, “Canada designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regime that has engaged in terrorism and systematic or gross human rights violations.” 

The news release also stated that since October 2022, Canada has imposed 18 rounds of sanctions, which have targeted “200 Iranian individuals and 250 Iranian entities.”

Another Canadian statement, entitled “Canada’s response to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” explains, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has a long-standing history of abhorrent conduct, both domestically and internationally. For years, the Iranian government has denied its citizens their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and it has undertaken actions that seriously threaten global peace and security.”

The statement cited the death two years ago of the young Kurdish woman, Jina Mahsa Amini, while she was detained by Tehran’s so-called “morality police.”

“Iran’s violent enforcement of its mandatory veiling laws led to the tragic death of Jina Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish-Iranian woman, on September 16, 2022, which sparked global protests under the banner “Women, Life, Freedom,” it stated.

“Iran engaged in a violent crackdown with brutal force, arrests, and in some cases, executions,” it continued, while Iran has “increased its imposition and carrying out of the death penalty.”

“Canada is also concerned by Iran’s actions threatening international peace and security,” the statement added. “Iran contributes to regional destabilization through the so-called ‘Axis of Resistance,’ a network of aligned armed groups including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Houthis, Hizballah, and Iran-aligned militias in Iraq and Syria.”

Moreover, “Iran’s development of missile capabilities and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has also contributed to global destabilization,” it continued.

“Iran is a significant supplier of UAVs to Russia in support of its unlawful war on Ukraine,” while “Iran’s support for the Houthis has enabled them to target international shipping, causing major trade disruptions worldwide.”