What a Designated Terrorist IRGC Could Mean for the U.S.

| Norman Roule
Norman T. Roule
Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, ODNI

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is taking retaliatory steps after President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. will designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’. Iran now says it will designate U.S. Central Command as a ‘terrorist organization’. 

The IRGC designation will impose economic sanctions, visa restrictions and legal penalties against those who provide support to the group.

Some former U.S. officials have warned against the imposing of sanctions the U.S., warning that it could move the U.S. closer to war with Iran.

The Cipher Brief talked with the former National Intelligence Manager for Iran at ODNI, Norm Roule, about what the designation means and what other likely responses to expect from Iran. 

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The Author is Norman T. Roule

Norman T. Roule served for 34-years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East.   He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from November 2008 until September 2017.  As NIM-I, he was the principal Intelligence Community (IC) official responsible for overseeing all aspects of national intelligence policy and activities related to Iran, to include IC... Read More

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