LONDON: Iran continues to plot global terrorist attacks and foment violence in the Middle East, a US government annual terrorism report said.
The same report praised Saudi Arabia for its cooperation in tackling terrorist groups and cutting off their funding.
The State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 said the US had managed to constrain some of Iran’s activities through its “maximum pressure campaign” to put overwhelming financial pressure on Iran.
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These included a slew of new sanctions on Tehran and its proxy forces in countries like Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. In April, the US designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Quds Force, a foreign terrorist organization.
“The Iranian regime and its proxies continued to plot and commit terrorist attacks on a global scale,” the report said. “The regime was directly involved in plotting terrorism through its IRGC and Ministry of Intelligence and Security, including plots in recent years in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”