US, Gulf countries slap Hezbollah with sanctions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari arrives before a ministerial meeting of EU  E3 with Iran at the European Union headquarters in Brussels

US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities

The US Treasury announced on Wednesday it has imposed sanctions on Hezbollah leadership as well as other individuals and one group, a move it claimed to "disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group".

The US Treasury has imposed additional sanctions on six individuals, including Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the movement's deputy leader Naim Qassem.

Wednesday's sanctions targeted members of the primary decision-making body of Hezbollah, Treasury said in a statement.

The joint action also targeted four other individuals and entities that the USA had previously sanctioned.

The action was undertaken jointly with members of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC): Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman.

In a statement on its website, the US Treasury Department said that it had imposed sanctions on the members of Hezbollah Shura council in partnership with Saudi Arabia and other Persian gulf Arab states.

The move came 10 days after Hezbollah gave a strong showing in Lebanon's elections, garnering enough seats in parliament to block any attempt by its political foes to make it disarm its militia, which rivals the Lebanese army in size and firepower. He is the current leader of the Judicial Council and has overseen a military command in central Lebanon that provides logistical and training support to "Hezbollah". "It is right that Israel fully supports". It is, however, the first time that the US Treasury has acted against Qassem, who is being listed for his ties to Hezbollah.

The sanctions by Gulf states follow two U.S. moves this month to put pressure on Iran's financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved "hundreds of millions of dollars" from Iran's central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah.

During that speech, Trump accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of supporting terrorism and called its role in region "sinister". Since President Donald Trump announced the policy-shift on Iran, the US has sanctioned the nation's central bank governor and an Iran-linked currency exchange network.

The announcement followed two USA 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.

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