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Iran’s Quds Force should stay on US ‘terrorist’ list

WorldIran's Quds Force should stay on US 'terrorist' list

Washington (Times Of Ocean)- US top general has said he opposes removing Iran’s Quds Force from Washington’s “foreign terrorist organizations” list, an apparent key demand from Tehran to revive the multilateral nuclear deal.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, testified at a congressional hearing on Thursday that, in his view, the Quds Force should not be removed from the terror list, a condition Tehran had sought to renew the deal.
Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee the Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), shouldn’t be delisted.
“I oppose delisting the Quds Force of the IRGC as a terrorist organization,” said US Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Earlier, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin refused to answer the same question. I will refrain from commenting on ongoing negotiations or speculating what my advice to the president will be, he told lawmakers.
Reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that allegedly saw Iran scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions against its economy has become a top foreign policy priority for US President Joe Biden.
Blacklisting or delisting groups fall under the purview of the Department of State, which ultimately reports to the president.
In that regard, Milley’s comments are not necessarily indicative of the Biden administration’s position, but they may fuel Republican opposition to any concessions the United States may offer to Iran as part of a deal.
For weeks, European, Iranian, and US officials have said an agreement is on the horizon – but the IRGC issue seems to be the last hurdle.

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