Iran FM: Europe will pay dearly for ‘visceral’ anti-IRGC vote

Iran’s foreign minister censured the European Parliament’s “visceral” vote calling for the designation of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a “terror group”, warning that such conduct would be “costly” for Europe.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the correct path for Europe would be rather to concentrate on diplomacy, constructive interaction and rationality, Press TV reported.

“We strongly condemn the meddlesome and unconventional resolution of the European Parliament,” Amir-Abdollahian said in an address to the 26th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

“Undoubtedly, the adverse consequences of such emotional behavior will be costly for Europe,” he said.

The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution, calling for more sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities and putting the IRGC on the EU terrorist list over alleged human rights violations during the recent riots.

However, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that the bloc cannot list the IRGC as a “terrorist” entity without an EU court decision.

In an opinion published by Al Jazeera, Amir-Abdollahian said recent disturbances in Iran, ignited under the pretext of protesting 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s death, have found a disproportionate echo in the West, mainly due to the security context created by the Ukraine crisis, leading the EU to assume a biased position and make unjustified decisions informed by a deluge of disinformation, faulty logic, and fake news.

Attempts are being made within the EU to designate the IRGC as “a terrorist organization”, he added, saying there are, of course, no grounds for such a decision.

Amir-Abdollahian noted that while throngs of EU citizens were rushing to our region to join “terrorist” groups across the extremist spectrum, the IRGC had entered Iraq and Syria’s battlefronts on official invitation from their respective governments, to assist them in their fight against “terrorism” in general and Daesh in particular.

Branding the IRGC a “terrorist organization” would be a colossal mistake on the part of the EU – a mistake Iran cannot be expected to ignore, he warned, saying such a designation would encroach upon Iran’s sovereignty, flouting international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

“Designating the IRGC as a ‘terrorist organization’ would have many unwanted legal and political consequences for all involved parties.”