U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is focusing sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, asserting that the elite unit has become too involved in security, political and economic decisions. Clinton told VOA Tuesday that Iran is becoming a more belligerent and repressive nation as the Revolutionary Guard increases its influence.
IRGC Leader Mohammad Ali Jafari
Clinton suggested the power shift from clerical
and political leaders to the Revolutionary Guard may stem from Iran's inner
turmoil that resulted from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki criticized Clinton for saying Monday that Iran has become a "military dictatorship." He accused the U.S. of being like a military dictatorship through its actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clinton also warned that Iran may trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if it obtains an atomic weapon.
In a speech Tuesday at a women's college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Clinton said evidence does not support Iran's claim that its nuclear program is being developed for peaceful purposes only.
President Ahmadinejad responded by saying he does not take Clinton's comments seriously.
On the Middle East peace process, Clinton said it is imperative to remain optimistic about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said both sides have so much at stake and will eventually realize it is in their best interest to return to the negotiating table.
Clinton spoke at the end of a tour of Persian Gulf states, where she sought to gain support from U.S. allies for tougher sanctions on Iran.
IRGC commanders are appointed by the Supreme Leader
The financial power of the Revolutionary Guards
The extent of the Revolutionary Guards' control over the Iranian economy is apparent as soon as you enter the country. They run the main international airport, and the manner in which they acquired it was a bruising demonstration of the way big business is now done in Iran.-Guardian
U.S. Treasury Targets
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today took further action to implement existing U.S. sanctions against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by designating an individual and four companies affiliated with the IRGC pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which freezes the assets of designated proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters.
Guards want tougher laws against foreign media collaborators
A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards wants collaborators of what he refers to as "foreign and anti-Revolutionary" media to be treated as spies. -Radio Zamaneh
Rafsanjani: Basij and
Revolutionary Guards should not have stood against people
Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Head of the Expediency Council and head of the Assembly of Experts, in a meeting with students in the city of Mashhad in answer to some of the criticism regarding his silence about the events after the election said: "I am not quiet but we are in a situation that discussions are not tolerated..."
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