Washington, Gulf States Impose Sanctions on Hezbollah Leadership

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Hezbollah's Shura Council was targeted according to a statement released by the U.S Treasury, "specifically Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General" of the group.

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.

The day before, the US Treasury already sanctioned the head of Iran's central bank and Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank over alleged ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Hezbollah movement, which Washington considers to be a terrorist group.

TFTC member states further designated key Hezbollah affiliated individuals and entities, including 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. In addition, the sanctions reject the "false distinction" between the group's political and military wings.

The announcement followed two U.S. moves in the past week to put pressure on Iran's financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday that aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved "hundreds of millions of dollars" from Iran's central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah.

This is the second TFTC designation action since the center was announced on May 21, 2017.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to global security by disrupting Iran and Hizballah's destabilizing influence in the region".

"These designations follow President Trump's decision last week to cease U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to begin reimposing United States nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime".

The Trump administration has sought in recent days to choke off funding for Iran's overseas operations, including its backing for Hezbollah, in what Washington says are its malign activities in the Middle East.

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