Thursday, 19 July, 2018

United States sanctions Iran central bank governor for terrorist support

ImageValiollah Seif the governor of Iran's central bank at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. ImageValiollah Seif the governor of Iran's central bank at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C.
Orlando Vargas | 16 May, 2018, 02:55

Beginning on August 7, the United States will impose sanctions "on the purchase or acquisition of U.S. dollars banknotes by the government of Iran", the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The U.S. said the sanctions on Seif did not extend to Iran's central bank itself.

Typically, when the U.S. punishes individuals with sanctions, it prohibits Americans or USA companies from doing business with them.

There was no immediate comment Tuesday night from Iranian officials.

The U.S. actions send an ominous warning to European capitals, still reeling from Trump's withdrawal from the deal the U.S., Iran and world powers struck in 2015. Iranian media initially reported the decision based on reports in the foreign media.

Since leaving the deal, the Trump administration's plan has been to reimpose the sanctions lifted under the deal while also imposing secondary sanctions against countries that choose to trade with Iran.

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Hits Valiollah Seif with terror sanctions.

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A European official said that some senior figures in the U.S. administration were pushing for a "North Korea scenario" in Iran, in reference to the drastic sanctions imposed on the North Korean regime which Washington believes helped push the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, into halting missile and nuclear testing and agreeing to renewed negotiations. Seif, whose position is equal to the Federal Reserve chairman within the USA, oversees main monetary selections in Iran.

"Iran's Central Bank Governor covertly funneled millions of dollars on behalf of the IRGC-QF through Iraq-based al-Bilad Islamic Bank to enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of Hizballah", a statement from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.

The Treasury also blacklisted assistant director of the worldwide department of Iran's central bank Ali Tarzali and the chairman of Al-Bilad Islamic Bank Aras Habib.

The US Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Tuesday against Iranian officials at Iran's Central Bank and an Iraqi bank chairman accused of moving millions of dollars to Hezbollah on behalf of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Hezbollah fought a battle with Israel in 2006, and Israeli officers have been deeply involved concerning the prospect of one other confrontation.

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