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Banning IRGC Not in UK's Interest: David Cameron

May 1, 2024
1 min read
Founded after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the Islamic Republic from internal dissent and balance the power of the formerly royalist armed forces, the IRGC, also known as the Sepah, is often portrayed as a single entity
Founded after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the Islamic Republic from internal dissent and balance the power of the formerly royalist armed forces, the IRGC, also known as the Sepah, is often portrayed as a single entity

Former British Prime Minister and present foreign secretary David Cameron has said proscribing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group would not be in Britain's interest. 

In a Tuesday session with the House of Lords International Relations and Defense Committee, Cameron said that the United Kingdom had already taken sufficient steps to pressurize the Islamic Republic. He insisted that proscribing the IRGC would break in important diplomatic relations with Iran.

"We have sanctioned the IRGC in its entirety. When I ask law enforcement, police, intelligence services, others, is this extra step of proscription necessary in order to take further action against these people when they do the things that we disapprove of, the answer is no," he said. 

He added, "There is a disadvantage, to be frank about it, from proscription, which is it would effectively end diplomatic relations, and while our diplomatic relations are pretty terse, and I say that with meaning as someone who has had very many conversations with the Iranian foreign minister, we are actually able to have that conversation."

"When it comes to trying to stop the escalation of the conflict, when it comes to delivering a very direct message to the Iranians… I want to have that conversation myself, I don't want to ring up my French counterpart and say 'could you message the Iranians with this message?'

"I think that is not in Britain's interest, that would not strengthen our approach, it many ways it would weaken it," he asserted.

Founded after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the Islamic Republic from internal dissent and balance the power of the formerly royalist armed forces, the IRGC, also known as the Sepah, is often portrayed as a single entity.

But over the decades, it has grown into a bloated, multi-departmental bureaucracy that has a massive impact on Iran's military, economy, and, to an increasing degree, wider society.

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