Thursday, August 16, 2007
Everything seems to indicate an impending war with Iran.
U.S. may soon label Iran Guard "terrorist"
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:07PM EDT
By Sue Pleming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States may soon name Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist group, said U.S. officials on Wednesday, reflecting frustration over Tehran's nuclear program and suspected role in Iraqi violence.
The designation would be the first time the United States has placed the armed forces of any sovereign government on its list of terrorist organizations and enables Washington to target the Iranian group's finances.
Iran experts and diplomats said the squeeze on financing for the Guards also was aimed at pacifying hard-liners within and outside the Bush administration who want military action against Tehran and are frustrated that diplomatic pressure has not worked either on curbing the nuclear program or over Iraq.