Saudi Arabia welcomed on Tuesday the United States’ decision to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
An official source at the Foreign Ministry hailed the move as a “practical and serious” step in countering terrorism.
The American designation translates into action the Kingdom’s repeated demands on the international community to counter Iran-sponsored terrorism, it added.
The international community must take a decisive stance to confront the role played by the IRGC in harming international security and peace, stressed the source.
“The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign,” US President Donald Trump said in announcing the designation on Monday.
It is the first time the United States has formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group.
The designation “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC,” Trump said. “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”
The United States has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but not the organization as a whole.