IRGC is terror org., I do not support delisting - Joint Chiefs of Staff chair

"I believe that the IRGC is a terror organization and I do not support them being delisted from the foreign terrorist organization list."

 Members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) navy participate in a joint exercise called the 'Great Prophet 17' in the southwest of Iran, in this picture obtained on December 22, 2021. (photo credit: IRGC/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)
Members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) navy participate in a joint exercise called the 'Great Prophet 17' in the southwest of Iran, in this picture obtained on December 22, 2021.
(photo credit: IRGC/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

WASHINGTON – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said on Thursday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps should not be removed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization List.

During a hearing on the 2023 President’s Budget request before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) asked Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for their personal opinion on the matter.

Austin said he wouldn’t comment “on negotiations that are ongoing and speculate on what my advice to the president is going to be.”

However, Milley responded, “In my personal opinion, I believe the IRGC Quds Force to be a terror organization and I do not support them being delisted from the Foreign Terrorist Organization List.”

 Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on ''Department of Defense's Budget Requests for FY2023'', on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, April 7, 2022.  (credit: REUTERS/SARAH SILBIGER) Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on ''Department of Defense's Budget Requests for FY2023'', on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, April 7, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/SARAH SILBIGER)

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was not “overly optimistic” at the prospects of bringing the nuclear agreement with Iran to a conclusion. In an interview with MSNBC he said, “Despite all the efforts we put into it, we’re not there and time is getting extremely short, but this is something that we will be talking to our European partners about this afternoon and on the next day.”

He added, “I continue to believe that it would be in the best interest of our country if we can back into compliance with the deal if Iran would do the same. We are not there.”

Asked whether the IRGC is a terrorist organization, Blinken answered, “They are.”