Over 500 Iranian-American professionals have signed a petition urging Biden…

Over 500 Iranian American Professionals Urge Biden To Keep Revolutionary Guard On Terror List

Over 500 Iranian-American professionals have signed a petition urging Biden to keep the Revolutionary Guard on the terror watch list.

In order to get the 2015 nuclear deal back on track, Iran needs the US to keep Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on its list of foreign terrorist groups.

More than 500 Iranian-American scientists, academics, and business leaders are asking the White House not to remove the IRGC from the list.

“The removal of the IRGC from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) could be a direct threat to the growth of democracy,” the group wrote to President Biden on Tuesday.

“It would be against the will and interest of the Iranian people,” the group said.

The signatories, sponsored by the Iranian Professionals’ Ad Hoc Committee on Iran Policy, stated, “The IRGC is an instrument of terrorism abroad and persecution of people on the streets of Iran.”

In Iran, this weapon of terror keeps the country’s Islamic regime in power and stymies any progress toward human rights.

Months of deadlock with Iran have kept the Trump administration from restarting the 2015 nuclear deal, which was called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

It was supposed to speed up Iran’s nuclear weapons development, but it hasn’t worked.

He did this in 2018, and put back in place sanctions that had been eased as part of the Obama-era deal.

The IRGC was formally designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the Trump administration in 2019, citing the military group’s “active and enthusiastic participation in acts of terror,” such as the bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut and the 1996 attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 US airmen. Targeting of US forces in Iraq has also been carried out by Iran-backed militias.

In exchange for curtailing its nuclear program, Tehran has asked that the administration remove sanctions as outlined in the initial accord, as well as de-list the IRGC as an FTO, which remains a major sticking point with the administration.

One of the letter’s signatories, Shahin Toutounchi, stated, “The fact that the regime has established this requirement in a nuclear negotiation should give all observers pause.”

“What is it about the IRGC that is so vital that the regime is willing to risk an agreement on it?” The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not merely a component of this regime; it is the regime.

In an interview with NBC News last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the IRGC is a terrorist group in an interview with NBC News, but declined to “get into the nuances of where we are in the negotiations.”

“Despite all of our efforts and despite the fact that I believe we would be—our security would be better off,” Mr. Blinken said, “I’m not overly hopeful about the possibility of actually getting an agreement to conclusion.” “We haven’t arrived.”

Later in the week, President Biden is said to have said that the demand to remove the IRGC from the blacklist would be a deal-breaker for him and the other side.

“Whether we have a nuclear deal or not is up to Iran,” a senior administration official told The Washington Post late last week. “The president will adhere to fundamental ideals.”The Iranians are aware of our viewpoints.”

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have viewed the administration’s attempts to re-enter the deal with skepticism and have chastised it for keeping details of the talks under wraps.

Republicans, in particular, say that going back to the deal would not stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. They say that because Iran has broken previous agreements, there should be no more talks.

Letter signers welcomed Vice President Biden’s rejection of the demand, but they said they were “vigilant and concerned about any concession to the Iranian terrorist regime.”

Kazem Kazerounian, the dean of engineering at the University of Connecticut, was one of the main organizers.

“Global efforts to protect civilians and defend a free world are more important than ever,” the group wrote.

It’s critical that the administration maintains its current stance toward the IRCG and expands the sanctions to include the IRCG’s front companies. Removing the IRGC from the FTO list would be a blatant disregard for Iranians’ hope and legitimate struggle for freedom and dignity. “