Iran blacklists U.S. Pentagon as "terrorist organization"

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-07 16:25:08|Editor: huaxia
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File photo taken on July 11, 2018 shows the Pentagon seen from an airplane over Washington D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Iran designates U.S. Pentagon "terrorist organization" over the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a U.S. strike last week.

TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's parliament on Tuesday announced U.S. Department of Defense, the Pentagon, as "terrorist organization," official IRNA news agency reported.

"According to the vote by the Iranian lawmakers, all members of the Pentagon, the affiliated institutions and companies, and the U.S. commanders who planned and perpetrated assassination" of Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), are blacklisted, the report said.

The vote of the parliament also obliged the Iranian government to allocate 200 million euros (223 million U.S. dollars) to the IRGC's Quds Force to strengthen its defense power.

People attend a protest against the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

The generalities and details of the "emergency motion" were unanimously passed during an open session of the parliament on Tuesday.

On Friday, Soleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad Airport.

In April 2019, Iran's Supreme National Security Council also announced U.S. Central Command forces in West Asia as "terrorist group" in retaliation for designation of the IRGC as "a foreign terrorist organization" by the United States.