Iran Drops Dangerous Group From Terror Watch List

( According to a report, Iran has withdrawn its request that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) be taken off the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

The report cited a senior Biden administration official saying that the modification came after Tehran received a draft nuclear agreement from the E.U. earlier this week.

The insider noted that Tehran also withdrew its demand that several IRGC-affiliated businesses are removed from the list.

Another official stated that although a deal was closer than it was two weeks ago, the outcome was still uncertain due to some gaps. Only agreements that serve our interests in national security will receive President Joe Biden’s approval.

Reports show that after deciding to keep the IRGC on the FTO list, Biden called Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, to inform him of his choice.

Bennett praised the U.S. administration for keeping the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs).  Bennett thanked the U.S. administration, led by ‘his friend’ President Joe Biden, for the decision.

According to media reports, Iran and Western nations broadly endorsed the most recent European plan draft to resurrect the 2015 nuclear accord.  Israel has continued to be a staunch opponent of the agreement, with Prime Minister Yair Lapid reportedly pressing the White House to end the negotiations.

The Trump administration labeled the IRGC a terrorist organization in 2019 as part of a maximum pressure campaign implemented after Trump withdrew the US from the pact in 2018. This is one of the numerous foreign policy choices by former President Donald Trump that Biden has upheld. As the negotiations for the nuclear agreement have progressed, the Biden administration has also continued to impose new sanctions on Iran.

If only Biden’s handlers would have left the rest of President Trump’s policies in place.