Arabic and International Thursday, May 17 2018 at 09:41 am (12 views)
US impose new sanctions on "Hezbollah"
Follow-up / Sky Press:
The US Treasury Department has announced the inclusion of new Lebanese Hezbollah names in the list of individuals and institutions covered by recent US sanctions against Iran.
A Treasury Department statement said the decision was part of a series of other sanctions announced by the United States following its withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.
The new list of Hezbollah leaders to be included in the sanctions included Talal Diam, whom the State Department has described as "the head of the party's external security organization and responsible for its foreign cells across the world."
Hashim Saif al-Din, one of the party's leading figures, and Yusuf Sharara, who was accused by the Treasury Department, were also listed as "facilitating commercial investments on behalf of his party."
The sanctions also extended to two entities, the Spectrum Group, Al-Taif, Hassan Ibrahimi and Maher Trading and Contracting Company, the same entities listed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Wednesday in the list of terrorist entities.
"The GCC once again demonstrated its significant contribution to international security by disabling Iran and Hezbollah's influence in the region by targeting the party's Shura Council," the statement said.
A week ago, US President Donald Trump announced the reinstatement of economic sanctions on Iran and the withdrawal from its nuclear deal in 2015.
Trump justified his decision that the agreement "is bad and has the disadvantages of not imposing restrictions on the Iranian missile program and its policy in the Middle East."
France, Britain and Germany, as European representatives in the agreement, rejected the resolution and declared their adherence to the nuclear agreement.
Iran signed a nuclear deal with France, Britain, the United States, Germany, China and Russia in 2015.
The agreement requires permanent restrictions and inspections on Tehran's nuclear program and its restriction on peaceful uses in return for lifting Western economic sanctions imposed on it.