Friday, 17 August, 2018

Katz: sanctions against the leadership of Hezbollah - the right step

Saudi Arabia adds Hezbollah men to terrorist list US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities
Ellis Copeland | 17 May, 2018, 18:30

Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, placed 10 leaders of Lebanon's Hezbollah on their terrorism lists on Wednesday, including Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy Naim Qassem, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

Sanctions against the Lebanese Shiite group supported by Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The sanctions target "Hezbollah's" Shura Council, the party's primary decision-making body.

In addition, TFTC Member States also designated the following key Hezbollah-affiliated individuals and entities: Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, all of whom were previously designated by the US. It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

In addition to Nasrallah and Qassem, the US also imposed sanctions on Mohammad Yazbek, Hussein al-Khalil and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid.

"By targeting "Hezbollah's" Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and "Hezbollah's" global terrorist plotting", said Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

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Washington is re-imposing strict sanctions on Iran, which were lifted under the 2015 deal to curb the country's nuclear ambitions. Joe Kaeser, the CEO of Germany's Siemens ( SIEGn.DE ), told CNN his company would not be able to do any new business with Tehran.


Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the USA and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, all of whom were previously designated by the U.S., were also included in the latest sanctions.

If the Trump administration can find a way to end Qatar's funding of Iran's terror proxies as well as its ties with Iran in general, it would help them in cracking down on Iran's financial support of terrorism.

Washington's claims against Hezbollah come while the movement has been playing a significant role in the Syrian army's fight against Takfiri terror groups, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front, thus preventing the spillover of the militancy gripping neighboring Syria into Lebanon.

The US government has been expanding sanctions targeting Iranian firms and individuals.

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