Articles in the Saudi press: The Biden administration’s intention to remove the IRGC from the terrorist list is an unprecedented act of support for terrorism that threatens global security

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In response to reports that the Biden administration is considering removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of foreign terrorist organizations as part of its effort to renew the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (the JCPOA), Saudi press articles have attacked the administration, calling it a senseless move and a crime that will threaten global security. The authors claimed that the Biden administration, like the Obama administration before it, is eager to sign a nuclear deal with Iran in order to bail it out, even if it comes at the expense of Iran’s Arab allies. America. IRGC. they argued, which controls Iran, spearheads regional and global terror, and also exploits other organizations, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen and Shia militias in Iraq. Therefore, removing it from the terrorism list is an unprecedented act of support for terrorism and a “conspiracy” that crosses all red lines, alters the balance of power in the region and puts Arab states, and the world in general, in direct danger. .

Caricature in the Saudi daily, Mecca : Nuclear deal – an American gift to Iran that will only serve to encourage it to continue to inflame the Middle East. (Source: MeccaSaudi Arabia, March 22, 2022)

Here are translated excerpts from these articles:

Saudi journalist: Removing IRGC from terrorist list seriously endangers US allies and crosses all red lines

Saudi journalist ‘Abdullah bin Bijad Al-‘Otaibi wrote that the Biden administration’s intention to remove the IRGC from the list of terrorist organizations is part of its effort to sign a nuclear deal with Iran and remove it from its fate, at the expense of the security of Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This, he said, is an unprecedented act of support for terrorism that crosses all boundaries:

“America in the Biden era is very similar to America in the Obama era in terms of vision, politics and inclinations. [of its administration]: You must be leftist and liberal, and seek to impose your agenda on and attack your allies and partners, and at the same time be friendly to the enemies of the United States and its allies around the world. This is political nonsense, and the policy towards the Iranian regime is the clearest example of it. The nuclear deal with the Iranian regime was signed under the Obama era without any consideration for the interests of the Gulf and [other] Arab States, and its only effect is to delay Iran’s military nuclear enterprise, rather than to stop it. This is why the old [U.S.] President Donald Trump opposed and withdrew from the deal, and imposed harsh sanctions on the [Iranian] diet. [But] the minute President Biden’s administration arrived [to power]the American eagerness to revive this miserable agreement resurfaced, as did the attacks on Arab states – [manifested] not only in direct statements, but also in [America’s] regional and international policies and positions. The Arab and Gulf States have not changed [their attitude] vis-à-vis the United States. It is the American positions that have become more extremist and regressive and have taken less account of the need to support [America’s] allies and maintain the partnership with them…

“An urgent task that Western countries have set themselves is to make serious efforts to save the Iranian regime, even without achieving a new [nuclear] agreement in Vienna, now that Russia has started to sabotage [the negotiations] and curb America’s eagerness to sign one. The United States, Britain and some of their allies around the world have pledged huge sums of money, hundreds of millions of dollars, to the Iranian regime. In a deal, Britain paid nearly half a billion dollars to Iran.[1]

“Having revoked the terrorist designation of the Houthi militia, [the U.S.] at [also] started talking about revoking the terrorist designation of Iran’s IRGC, which spearheads [supporting] regional and international terror in the modern era, from al-Qaeda and ISIS to Lebanese Hezbollah and Shiite militias around the world. It is a direct threat and danger not only to Arab states but to the entire world. The first affected by this unprecedented support for terrorism and terrorist organizations are the Arab States and Israel. This crosses all red lines and is an attempt to shift the balance of power…

“There is an American and Western policy that cannot be ignored. [It is a policy] to insist on exposing Saudi Arabia and the Emirates to military attacks from Iran-[backed] Houthi militia in Yemen and its ballistic missiles and drones, [and at the same time] set unreasonable conditions to provide them with the necessary weapons to deal with these grave threats. Both countries are strong and have extensive international ties. They are able to overcome any shortage and face any danger. This [article is merely] an attempt to distinguish who is a friend and ally of America and who is not based on position and policies, not just statements…”[2]

Saudi Journalist: Removing IRGC From Terrorist List Strengthens Iran, Russia, China And Their Status In The Middle East

Saudi journalist Tariq Al-Homayed wrote, along the same lines, that revoking the IRGC’s terrorist designation would be a politically reckless move by the Biden administration and even a crime against the Middle East, because the IRGC and Iran-backed militias are responsible for much bloodshed in the countries of the region. This move, he said, will only strengthen America’s enemies Iran, China and Russia. He wrote:

“The media leaks began to clearly [indicate] that the US administration intends to remove the Iranian IRGC from the blacklist of foreign terrorist organizations, in return for Iranian promises to restrict the IRGC if the 2015 nuclear deal is renewed… Remove the IRGC from the blacklist of terrorist organizations at this stage will be as bad as America’s shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan last year. [If this happens,] our region will remember two dates as having most affected its security and stability: the day a French plane kidnapped Ayatollah Khomeini from France [back] at Tehran airport, and the day the Biden administration removed the IRGC from the blacklist of foreign terrorist organizations. If that happens, it will be a sign of true American recklessness, no less than America’s handling of the invasion and occupation of Iraq or its shameful strategic mistake of withdrawing from Afghanistan as she did it.

“Of course, the United States wants to withdraw from the region and turn to [dealing with] China, but it will be [only] give China, Russia and Iran unprecedented power and freedom [of action]… If it’s not political recklessness, how else can we call it? Removing the IRGC from the terrorism list will grant Iran freedom of action in the region within the framework of a Russian-Chinese-Iranian alliance. The one clearly profiting from the current war in Ukraine is China. Today [China’s] today the main ally in the region is the Iranian regime, and [in the future] Russia will be WHO’s main ally. The axis of anti-American resistance will become stronger again, especially in the midst of sanctions [currently imposed] on Russia.

“By lifting the sanctions against the IRGC, the US administration will fulfill the aspirations of former President Barack Obama, who in his famous interview with the Atlantic magazine [in April 2016]entitled The Obama Doctrinetalked about [Saudi Arabia] sharing the region with Iran…[3] Removing Iran’s IRGC from the sanctions list looks more like a plot against the whole region than a plot against any one country… Lifting sanctions on the IRGC – as Hezbollah rampages in Lebanon and Syria , Iran[-backed] the militias are sowing destruction in Iraq and the Iranians continue to help the Houthis in Yemen – is a crime against our region. Iran and the IRGC are responsible for the bloodshed here.”[4]

Saudi Website Columnist: US Attempts to Trick Arabs into Selling Baseless Promises on IRGC Restriction Are Ridiculous

In his column on Saudi site Elaph, Kurdish journalist Nezar Jaff denounced what he called the Biden administration’s attempts to trick Arabs into selling them false promises that if the IRGC is delisted , Iran will limit it. He said this claim is ridiculous, since the IRGC controls Iran and its policies, not the other way around:

“Apparently, the Biden administration has learned nothing from the mistake it made when it removed the Houthis from the list of terrorist organizations, and proof of this is the reports from various sources that it hears now remove the Iranian IRGC from the list of terrorist organizations. foreign terrorist organizations, in exchange for Iranian promises to contain this powerful [force]. Ironically, the Houthis are like Hezbollah in Lebanon and like Shiite militias in Iran: all are weapons of the IRGC and follow its orders.

“Arab indifference to the Biden administration grows in light of its policy in the region, which clearly repeats the mistakes of the Obama administration which was eager to sign the nuclear deal in 2015. In fact, Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates and Egypt distanced themselves from American policy and adopted a policy geared towards safeguarding their interests, away from the [American] policy that claims to safeguard Arab interests but in practice does the opposite.

“This Arab policy is 100% justified in light of the hypocrisy and lies of the Biden administration, which can no longer deceive anyone now that reports have emerged that it intends to remove the IRGC from the list… and [also] announce [the signing of] a nuclear deal [with Iran]. The countries of the region obviously do not trust Iran to join this agreement. They are convinced that Iran will not limit the IRGC in any way, for the simple reason that it is the IRGC that controls Iran and implements the ideology of the Ayatollah regime. The IRGC is the ruler, not the ruled!

“Has Iran fulfilled its commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal? Did this deal stop the mad dash of the Iranian ayatollahs to build a nuclear bomb? The answer – without even thinking – is clearly no Today, as the Biden administration attempts to deceive the Arabs and sell them false promises to restrain the IRGC in the region, it is met with contempt and disdain…”[5]


[1] The UK government recently confirmed that it had paid £393.8 million to Iran in settlement of a debt dating back to the Shah’s time. See independent.co.uk, 16 March 2022.

[2] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), March 20, 2022.

[3] Theatlantic.com, April 2016.

[4] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), March 20, 2022.

[5] Elaph.com, March 17, 2022.

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