US Hits Iran Central Bank Governor With Sanctions

US Sanctions Iran Central Bank's Governor and Another Official

The Treasury said Seif covertly moved "hundreds of millions of dollars" to "Hezbollah" from the IRGC via Al-Bilad Islamic Bank.

That deal, reached in 2015 and formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sought to curb Iran's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal by providing significant sanctions relief for the country.

The Trump administration announced new sanctions Tuesday on leaders at Iran's central bank and an Iraq bank chairman who are accused of illegally funneling millions of dollars to an Islamic militant group. The U.S. said that the sanctions did not extend to Iran's central bank itself.

According to the Treasury's statement, the latest sanctions are a part of US President Donald Trump's "aggressive campaign" against the IRGS and build on the US decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal. Any transactions that contain his signature might doubtlessly run afoul of the sanctions, creating a powerful deterrent to worldwide governments or companies contemplating transactions involving Iran's central financial institution.

"The United States will not permit Iran's increasingly brazen abuse of the worldwide financial system", said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Last week, the White House issued a statement condemning Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Hits Valiollah Seif with terror sanctions.

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The US says it's also imposing so-called secondary sanctions on Seif.

Seif, a profession banker, grew to become the pinnacle of Iran's Central Financial institution in 2013 underneath President Hassan Rouhani, who shepherded the nuclear deal. Those funds were then used to "enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of "Hezbollah", Treasury said. US officers had been reaching out Tuesday to central banks in different nations within the Middle East and Europe to tell them of the sanctions and encourage them to right away freeze belongings the financial institution has overseas.

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

Hezbollah, the powerful Shia guerrilla force that is based in Lebanon and is a prominent political player there, has long helped carry out Iran's foreign policy objectives in the Arabic-speaking world.

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