(Persia Digest) - The Iranian Parliament has overwhelmingly ratified Article 1 of a pro-IRGC motion that reciprocally designates the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization.

Mehr News reports that at a Tuesday session, the Iranian Parliament addressed the details of a double-urgency bill in support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) after the US designated the elite force as “a foreign terrorist organization.”

The general outlines of the motion were approved by the legislature on April 16, with 204 votes in favor, two against, and no abstentions.

In today’s session, the Iranian MPs ratified Article 1 which denounces the US measure as a breach of international law, calls it counterproductive to regional and international peace and stability, and reciprocally designates the US Central Command (CENTCOM) -- including all its affiliated bases, units, and forces -- as “a terrorist organization.” It also calls any assistance favoring CENTCOM “aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.”

The bill features 13 articles, condemning the US move as counterproductive to regional and international peace and stability, and calling for the reciprocally designation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as “a terrorist organization,” among others.

Iranian lawmakers so far have overwhelmingly voted in favor of eight articles of a pro-IRGC motion to safeguard against the US’ terrorist designation of IRGC.

The 13-Article motion devised by the Iranian Parliament to counter the US blacklisting of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as “a foreign terrorist organization” was put to vote during today’s open session.


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Article 1 on reciprocal designation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization was approved by 173 votes in favor, 4 votes against, and 11 abstentions out of 215 MPs in attendance.

Article 2, which obliges the government to act “decisively” against any US measure potentially compromising the Islamic Republic’s interests, was approved by 168 in favor, six against and eight abstentions out of 210 MPs in attendance.

Article 3, which urges the government and Armed Forces to preemptively prevent US forces from using available resources against those interests, was approved by 167 votes in favor, seven against, and six abstentions out of 211 MPs in attendance.

Article 4, which obligates Iran’s intelligence apparatuses to identify CENTCOM’s commanders and those in charge of its affiliates to enable their prosecution, and tasked the Judiciary to mandate such prosecution, was approved by 181 votes in favor, five against, and four abstentions out of 209 MPs in attendance.

Article 5, which tasks the Iranian government with supporting all the natural and legal persons, who cooperate with the IRGC thus lying in the way of harm by the United States, was approved by 176 votes in favor, three against, and two abstentions out of 207 MPs in attendance.

Article 6, which mandates legal, political, and diplomatic endeavor aimed at shuttering the US’s regional bases and blocking the US forces’ access to regional resources, was approved by 157 votes in favor, four against, and three abstentions out of 206 MPs in attendance.

Article 7, which subjects countries and people cooperating with the US designation to retaliatory Iranian efforts, was approved by 160 votes in favor, five against, and two abstentions out of 207 MPs in attendance.

Article 8, which subjects any Iranian organizations potentially withholding support for the IRGC citing US sanctions to punitive measures, was approved by 167 votes in favor, 20 against, and two abstentions out of 210 MPs in attendance.

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