Ukraine parliament bill calls for designating Iran’s Guard Corps as terror group

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Illustrative: This photo taken on September 22, 2018, shows members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) marching during the annual military parade that marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran. (Stringer/AFP)
Illustrative: This photo taken on September 22, 2018, shows members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) marching during the annual military parade that marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran. (Stringer/AFP)

A bill sponsored by dozens of Ukrainian parliamentarians calling for Kyiv to recognize the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization is submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament.

One of the sponsors is the head of the Rada’s foreign affairs committee.

Israel has been urging Kyiv to list the IRGC as a terrorist group, among other largely symbolic anti-Iran measures that will resonate across Europe.

“I think it’s a clear message to Iran,” an Israel official tells The Times of Israel. “This is definitely a step in the right direction.

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