Report by PMOI/MEK staff writer
Iran, May 16, 2018 - The United States, along with its Gulf partners, took action on Wednesday imposing additional sanctions on senior figures of the Iran-offspring Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist organization. This slate including Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy Naim Qassem.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced four other individuals were also blacklisted. This is the third round of sanctions slapped on Iranian regime-linked individuals and entities by Washington since the United States decided to exit the Iran nuclear deal last week.
Hezbollah’s primary decision-making body were the target of Wednesday’s sanctions, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.
“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,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
The measures are being inflicted by the Trump administration and its partners in the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
On Tuesday, Washington imposed sanctions on the Iranian regime’s central bank chief Valiollah Seif and an Iraq-based bank for “moving millions of dollars” for the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Last week, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions targeting six individuals and three entities involved in funneling millions of dollars to the IRGC extraterritorial force, the Quds Force.
In February, Washington slapped sanctions against six individuals and seven companies linked to Hezbollah financier Adham Tabaja, a Lebanese businessman allegedly tied one of Hezbollah's top five financial figures.
Washington has a history of imposing sanctions on Nasrallah and two other Hezbollah members for their role in aiding the Assad regime’s crackdown of opposition forces.