Truss urges crackdown on Iran as controversial IRGC given $1bn bonanza

Liz Truss has joined 106 former world leaders in calling for the UK, US and Europe to adopt a tougher approach to Iran.

The former prime minister signed a letter, along with former US vice-president Mike Pence, condemning the supply of drones to Russia.

The letter also called for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to be held accountable for assassination attempts and terrorist plots abroad.

It came as hacked official documents from Iran’s foreign ministry revealed the rogue state gave the regime’s ideological enforcer a billion dollars of crude oil to sell to finance terror operations across the globe.

And it receives 990,000 barrels out of 1.46 million produced every day.

The documents – stolen during a cyber raid by opposition group NCRI/MEK and seen by the Sunday Express – also showed the IRGC is spending millions of dollars on the acquisition of its own fleet of oil tankers.

Last night experts warned affording the Revolutionary Guards such autonomy may enable Tehran to bypass sanctions imposed by the West.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been implementing a plan called the “Resistance Economy” to use the armed forces to gain control over all economic hubs.

In the letter, the 107 former leaders called for Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak and the EU to “take decisive steps against the current regime. This includes blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards”.

Britain is under increasing pressure to follow the US’s lead and proscribe the IRGC as a terrorist organisation.

It is said by MI5 to have plotted the assassination or kidnap of at least 10 British nationals last year.

While the move would have Home Office backing, it is being opposed by the Foreign Office which fears it would cause Iran to cut off all relations.

But Catherine Perez-Shakdam, from Elnet UK, which seeks strengthened ties between Britain and Israel, said: “If the UK and Europe doesn’t push back now, it will be much more difficult in five years’ time.”

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