Iran terror designation up to national security agencies, not MPs, Liberals say

OTTAWA — The Liberals say it's up to national security agencies to decide whether Canada extends its terrorism list to include a branch of Iran's military.

MPs passed a motion in 2018 to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

The U.S. has put the group on its terror list, but Canada has only listed a subset of the organization.

Iranians are facing a violent human-rights crackdown, and the Conservatives have renewed calls to have the IRGC listed as a terror group.

But the Liberals say adding to the list is "a careful, non-political process undertaken by Canada’s natural security agencies."

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly would not specify why her government never followed through on the motion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2022.

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