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Rishi Sunak faces calls to proscribe Iran’s IRGC after Israel strike

  • PM avoids commentary on IRGC proscription, urges diplomatic measures
  • Parliament calls for Rishi Sunak’s intervention following Iran’s assault
  • Former ministers and Labour leader seek Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ proscription

Although he declined to comment on proscription, the prime minister stated that the United Kingdom and other G7 members were deliberating on additional diplomatic measures. Furthermore, he urged “restraint” from every direction.

Parliament has issued additional demands for Rishi Sunak to intervene in the dispute with Iran following the country’s direct assault on Israel over the weekend.

Several former Conservative cabinet ministers and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer advocated for a variety of measures, including the proscription of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is the principal combat force of Tehran.

On Monday, the prime minister spoke to the House of Commons regarding the developments that transpired in the Middle East during the previous weekend.

Mr Sunak stated that “all parties must exercise restraint” and that he would be in conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, shortly, although this conversation is not anticipated to occur on Monday.

Iran initiated a barrage against Israel consisting of over 300 drones and missiles on Saturday evening. The offensive was concluded by Sunday morning.

Israel and its allies, according to the report, intercepted 99 per cent of the projectiles.

The United Kingdom was involved in this operation, as Mr Sunak previously verified that “a number of drones” were fired down by the Royal Air Force.

Mr Sunak, speaking in the House of Commons, stated, “Iran has once again demonstrated its true colours with this attack.” Their primary objective is to propagate disorder within their region and exacerbate the instability in the Middle East.

We desire for more composed minds to prevail.

“Our objective is to promote stability and security in the Middle East despite its considerable geographical distance; this has a direct impact on our domestic security and prosperity, which is consistent with the region’s interests.”

“Therefore, our allies and I are collaborating immediately to de-escalate the situation and avert additional carnage. Our objective is for more rational decisions to be made, and we are devoting our entire diplomatic endeavours towards achieving that.”

He stated that over the weekend, “additional diplomatic measures” were deliberated with G7 leaders.

The prime minister, however, did not specify what these actions might entail.

Former work and pensions secretary Sir Iain Duncan Smith joined former home secretary Suella Braverman in demanding that the IRGC be prohibited.

Prescription inquiries

In response, Mr Sunak stated that the entire organisation had been sanctioned and not outright prohibited.

He reiterated to Ms. Braverman, “As the distinguished lady is cognizant of, we refrain from expressing opinion regarding prospective proscription determinations.”

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Sir Keir requested an update from Mr Sunak regarding the progress being made with our international allies in their pursuit of sanctions against the regime. Additionally, he requested clarification on the measures being taken to restrict the Revolutionary Guard’s ability to glorify terrorism within the United Kingdom.

Mr Sunak stated that the government would provide the house with an update “at the appropriate time” once measures to “counter the Iranian regime and its proxies” were agreed upon with the G7.

The term “snapback sanctions”

Former international trade secretary Sir Liam Fox criticised Iran for a variety of issues, including the IRGC’s piracy of an international vessel in international waters and the assault on an Iranian correspondent on British soil.

He inquired, “Why does Iran Air continue to operate from Heathrow?” Why continue to operate Iranian institutions in the City of London?

When Sir Liam inquired whether “snapback sanctions” would be enforced, he meant sanctions that the United Nations Security Council could reimpose.

Mr Sunak stated that the G7 was coordinating, which “could include some of the points he discussed.”

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