US top envoy in Iraq has warned the Iraqi militias that receive support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The warning comes two days after the US designated the IRGC, including its Quds Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
“This designation makes it clearer and clearer that people can have a relationship with the problematic parts of the Iranian government, like the IRGC, or they can have a relationship with the United States and our financial system, but they cannot do both at the same time,” Joey Hood, chargé d'affaires at the US embassy in Baghdad, said in remarks on Wednesday.
“It is natural for the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people,” according to Hood, “to have a normal relationship with the Iranian government and the Iranian people.”
However, he added, “it is not normal for a Revolutionary Guard to be coming into another country and doing things without coordination with that government and trying to destabilize it, and weaken the sovereignty of that government.”
Moreover, he affirmed that “If they put the interests of the Revolutionary Guard before the interests of Iraq, they could be caught by these designations.”