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U.S. Treasury Dept. sanctions mullahs’ foreign minister Zarif

The United States Treasury Department's designation of Iran regime FM
The United States Treasury Department's designation of Iran regime FM

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Aug. 1, 2019 - The United States Treasury Department issued a statement on Wednesday designating the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif in the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Specially Designated Nationals List.”

Senior U.S. administration officials talking to the media say this designation was due to Zarif's actions on behalf of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whom the administration sanctioned back in late June. Reports indicate these U.S. sanctions bar Zarif from visiting the U.S. or making transactions through the U.S. banking system.

It is worth noting that Zarif is a member of the regime’s “Supreme National Security Council,” the body presiding over decisions regarding the regime’s foreign terrorist initiatives. This makes Zarif an accomplice in all of the regime’s terrorist activities that spread across the Middle East and beyond.

The Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI, and the key member of this coalition, the PMOI/MEK has long called for the designation of Iran regime president, Hassan Rouhani and the entire regime apparatus due to their involvement in nefarious and terrorist actions in the region and the world.

The full U.S. Treasury Department statement reads:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif (Javad Zarif), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13876 because Zarif acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

On June 24, 2019, the President issued E.O. 13876 imposing sanctions on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Supreme Leader’s Office (SLO), and authorizing sanctions on others associated with the Supreme Leader or the SLO.  Concurrently, Treasury added the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Husseini Khamenei, to OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) under this new authority.

“Javad Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world.  The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “At the same time the Iranian regime denies Iranian citizens’ access to social media, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spreads the regime’s propaganda and disinformation around the world through these mediums.”   

While OFAC is taking today’s action against Zarif under E.O. 13876, this new authority, additional information indicates that Javad Zarif oversees a foreign ministry that has coordinated with one of the Iranian regime’s most nefarious state entities, the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), which is designated pursuant to terrorism and human rights authorities.  Zarif’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its high ranking officials have engaged in and funded efforts to influence elections, some of which have involved the IRGC-QF.  Additionally, senior officials of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought to facilitate the release of two IRGC-QF operatives from a foreign country by making payments to foreign judiciary officials.

Sanctions Implications

All property and interests in property of this individual that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC.  OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons. 

In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the individual designated today may themselves be exposed to the designation.  Furthermore, any foreign financial institution that knowingly conducts or facilitates a significant transaction for or on behalf of the individual designated today could be subject to U.S. correspondent account or payable-through sanctions.