EP’s anti-IRGC vote violates UN Charter: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian roundly criticized the European Parliament’s (EP’s) unconstructive resolution labeling the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a “terrorist organization,” saying it violates the United Nations Charter.

“The destructive measures by the European Parliament vis-à-vis the IRGC run counter to the UN Charter,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a Friday phone call with his Swedish counterpart Tobias Billström, whose country holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, Press TV reported.

He added the IRGC has played a “constructive role in the fight against Daesh terrorist group in Iraq, Syria and the West Asia region” and stopped attacks on European capitals by Daesh terrorists.

“Therefore, the Europeans are indebted to the IRGC efforts in the fight against terrorism.”

The EP on Wednesday adopted an amendment which was added to an annual foreign policy report, calling on the EU and its member states to include the IRGC on their terror lists. The Parliament also passed another resolution on Thursday, calling for more sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities and putting the IRGC on the EU terrorist list over alleged human rights violations during recent riots.

The move has been strongly condemned by Iranian officials, commanders, and the Armed Forces.

President Ebrahim Raeisi on Thursday condemned the EP’s move, saying the measure comes out of Europeans’ “desperation”.

Elsewhere in his Friday remarks, Amir-Abdollahian underscored the importance of improving mutual relations, saying historical ties between Tehran and Stockholm should not be affected by “certain individuals” for their own “personal and terrorist interests”.