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The European Parliament’s approval of a resolution calling on the bloc to consider a “terrorist” designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has received strong condemnation from senior Iranian officials and commanders.

On Thursday, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution that calls on the European Union to recognise Iran’s elite force and its subsidiaries, like the paramilitary Basij and the Quds Force, as “terrorist” organisations.

It also condemned the Iranian government’s response to the protests that have been taking place in the country since September, the executions linked to the protests, and drone sales to Russia, while also recommending sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi and all IRGC-linked foundations.

The EU is not obliged to enforce the resolution. While senior EU politicians have voiced their support for the resolution, it is not expected to be among new sanctions on dozens of Iranian individuals and entities expected to be approved by the bloc on Monday.

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