Last week, the State Department announced that it was designating the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran as a terrorist organization.
On Monday, the U.S. government took the “historic step” to designate part of the Iranian government a terrorist organization. This is the first time the U.S. has taken this step against a foreign government entity.
President Trump is currently hosting sort of a Europe week at the White House, with French President Emmanuel Macron in town for a state visit and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to arrive at the Oval Office on Friday.
Iran's Foreign Minister Warns Nation Will Restart 'Nuclear Activities' if U.S. Withdraws From Accord
The reaction of the international community would "not be pleasant" for the United States if President Trump decides to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday.
Iranian hackers penetrated the systems of 144 American universities. They used password spray attacks against organizations in the United States and abroad.
The sudden eruption of political unrest in Iran has presented an unforeseen challenge to Tehran's ascendant influence in the Middle East, potentially threatening Iran's claims to regional hegemony just when it seemed to have secured an unassailable role.
The Trump administration on Tuesday threw the weight of the U.S. government behind the protesters taking to the streets of Iran, rooting them on despite the risk of helping Iranian authorities dismiss a week of major demonstrations as the product of American instigation.
The protests that have broken out across Iran in recent days have generated remarkable excitement about the possibility of revolutionary change. The demonstrations, the largest since the crushing of the 2009 Green Movement, have surprised virtually all observers.
The U.S. national security interest is clear. Long-term Iranian control in Syrian areas liberated from the regime and the Islamic State would cause further instability, fuel extremism and prolong the crisis.