Tehran reacted angrily after the European Parliament called on Thursday for the EU to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. The parliamentary motion blames the powerful force for the repression of protesters and the supply of drones to Russia.
Tehran condemned the motion's call to blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation, which may imply that Brussels could open the way for sanctions against the militia.
On 16 January, the European Parliament presented an "EU response to the demonstrations and executions in Iran".
It hit out at that the crackdown by Iran, including the IRGC, on the demonstrations after the death of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest, abuse and ill-treatment by Iran's 'morality police'.
It also called for the EU Commission to include the IRGC on the EU's terrorist list "in the light of its terrorist activity, the repression of protesters and its supplying of drones to Russia".
The motion was overwhelmingly adopted on Thursday with 598 votes in favour and nine against, with 31 abstentions.
Iran's government controlled Mehr News Agency quotes a statement by the country's general staff saying that “in addition to being unprecedented in international rules and regulations, the recent move by the European Parliament will affect regional and global security, tranquility and peace, and the European Parliament must be careful about its consequences.”
The UK is expected to make a similar decision in the weeks to come.
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