New US sanctions affect the governor of the Central Bank of Iran For its contribution to the financing of the Revolutionary Guard …

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15/05/2018 – 22:39

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The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor, Crown Prince Ali al-Saif and Iraq-based Bank Al-Bilad Bank for “transferring millions of dollars” to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The sanctions are part of Washington’s efforts to stop funding what it calls Iran’s “malicious” activities in the Middle East.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin said Saif secretly turned over millions of dollars on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards through the country’s bank “to enrich and promote the violent and extremist agenda of Hezbollah.”

“It is shocking but not surprising that the highest-ranking Iranian banker has colluded with the Quds Force of the IRGC to facilitate the financing of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and undermine any credibility it may claim to protect the integrity of this institution as a central bank governor,” Menuchin said in a statement.

The US Treasury also included Ali Terzali, assistant director of the International Department of the Central Bank of Iran, and Aras Habib, head of Al Bilad Islamic Bank, on the black list.

The sanctions, which are being imposed under the nuclear deal, will include certain transfers to the central bank in US dollars starting on August 7, 2018.

Last Thursday, the US Treasury Department approved new sanctions against Iran, as Trump promised during his announcement to withdraw from the nuclear deal, including six members of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The White House said earlier that Trump was preparing to impose new sanctions on Iran to ensure that it did not develop nuclear weapons.

“We are 100 percent committed to ensuring that Iran does not have nuclear weapons,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

“We will continue to exert maximum pressure, imposing enormous sanctions on them. All the sanctions that existed before the agreement will return as they were, and we promise to add new sanctions may be imposed next week at the earliest ».

The US president has said that the withdrawal from the nuclear agreement comes to the failure of the agreement to stop the activities of Tehran destabilizing and its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons and deter them from pursuing its ballistic missile program.

“I will announce that America will withdraw from the agreement with Iran,” Trump said in a speech from the White House. “In a few moments, I will sign a memorandum to launch sanctions on the Iranian regime.” Our sanctions may also include other countries complicit with Iran.

The Council of Ministers votes on the draft law of Iraq’s accession to the agreement of the Asian Investment Bank


Iraqi Council of Ministers
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Economy News Baghdad:

The Council of Ministers voted on the bill to join the Republic of Iraq to the Asian Investment Bank’s Infrastructure Agreement.

The Cabinet said in a press statement received by “Economy News”, “the Council of Ministers held its regular session, on Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, was voted on the draft law of the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the agreement of the Asian Investment Bank for infrastructure.

The Commission announces the results Thursday and says: Do not believe the rumors


“The announced votes for the lists do not represent 100 percent, but some satellite channels have tried to influence and distort the results in advance by announcing inaccurate numbers,” he said.

“The final results will be announced on Thursday, during a press conference announcing the number of seats and the winning candidates and the number of votes they have won,” he said.,15700022,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700186,15700189,15700201,15700204&usg=ALkJrhiJDzTWoPIRgDp1XEEW00vx1iGWVw


Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement paves the way for the overthrow of the regime in Iran


LONDON (Reuters) – A change of regime in Iran will not be a policy pursued by Britain and any change does not necessarily mean it will be better, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, while several US officials have not ruled out overthrowing the regime in Tehran.

Johnson made the comments to parliament on Tuesday when asked whether he believed John Bolton, the national security adviser, was seeking regime change in Iran.

“I should tell you that I do not think that regime change in Tehran is the goal we should seek,” he said.

“We may seek to change the regime at some point in the near future, but I can not say with any conviction that it will be a change for the better … I can imagine that Qasim Soleimani of the IRGC may put himself in a very good position to replace Ayatollah Khamenei, for example. “

New US sanctions surround the Iranian central bank
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor and three others and a bank based in Iraq under programs aimed at supporting global terrorism.The US Treasury Department said in a statement on its Web site that it had imposed sanctions on the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Aliullah Saif, and the Islamic Bank of Iraq based in Iraq, as well as others, including Mohammed Qasir, official of the pro-Tehran Lebanese Hezbollah. The Treasury Department has confirmed that the sanctions imposed on central Iranian officials and others stem from the suspicion of transferring millions of dollars on behalf of the Revolutionary Guards of the Lebanese Hezbollah. The new sanctions are based on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and begin to reinstate US sanctions, including against Iran’s central bank, the ministry said.Last Thursday, Washington imposed sanctions on Iranian people and companies linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Analysts see the United States’ departure from the nuclear deal with Iran as nothing more than a hawkish move by Donald Trump to topple the regime in Tehran, where the US president himself has not concealed his fervor aggressively towards this scenario by supporting the massive social protests that hit various Iranian provinces Recently.

They assert that the impact of Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will be more political than economic. Indirectly, the new foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, admitted that “I bet absolutely that you will see how the Iranian people continue to rebel against this government.”

Observers believe that there are three American scenarios to overthrow the regime in Tehran, as the United States will not be patient with Iran, and may declare, as was the case with Iraq in 2003, that this country possesses weapons of mass destruction and threatens US interests and supports terrorists and must end its repressive and non-democratic regime , And then send aircraft carriers after the mobilization of allies from the region and beyond to overthrow the regime.

The second scenario is the continued US engagement with Iran in the Gulf, and the justification for sudden air and missile strikes, culminating in ground operations ending with the overthrow of the regime.

The third scenario is that the United States will aggressively strangle Iran economically. Its war against Iran will focus on a key instrument, the Ministry of Finance, which Tehran calls the kitchen of war against it.

This scenario also aims to change the regime from within by striking the local economy and exhausting the country to the point of arousing the Iranians against the existing regime.

The lawyer of President Trump, the former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, publicly disclosed the desire of the White House master to change the regime in Iran, not just withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

“Trump is equally interested in regime change in Iran, just like all those gathered at this conference,” Giuliani, who is known for his right-wing positions, was quoted by Politico newspaper as saying at an assembly of Iranian immigrants calling for democracy in Iran.

The former mayor of New York stressed that the change of power in the Islamic Republic is “the only way to peace in the Middle East,” stressing that “this is more important than resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Last January, Trump, commenting on mass protests in Iran’s main cities, said the United States would support the people of the Islamic Republic “when the time comes”. Observers say Tehran would prefer the deal to remain in place for fear of renewed local unrest because of economic difficulties that have worsened for years after sanctions, while Iranian leaders are counting on selling oil products to finance their ballistic industry. Russian diplomats acknowledged that Iran’s foreign minister, after meeting with his French, German and British counterparts in Brussels on Tuesday, was unable to take concrete and realistic assurances to circumvent US sanctions aimed at foreign companies doing business with Iran.

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  America lists the Islamic Bank of Iraq on the terrorist list


America lists the Islamic Bank of Iraq on the terrorist list

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The US Treasury Department on Tuesday listed the Islamic Bank of Iraq as a terrorist organization.

“The Islamic Bank of Iraq of Arras Habib has been listed on the terrorism list,” the ministry said.

The ministry accused the “Bank of the country” of transferring millions of dollars to the Lebanese “Hezbollah”.

Fili ‘s economy responds to US Treasury sanctions


Fili responds to US Treasury sanctions
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National Security Council Secretary General Aras Habib Karim al-Faily on Tuesday condemned the US Treasury’s decision to impose sanctions on him for financing the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on terrorism lists in Washington and transferring funds from the Guards’ God of Lebanon.

“After it became clear that we had a worthy parliamentary seat, some parties started to raise issues here and issues there,” Faily said in a statement to twilight news.

He added that “while we are surprised by the timing of the statement issued by the US Treasury, especially before the announcement of the final results of the Iraqi elections, we confirm that we have all the clear evidence that refutes these fabrications of our personal and the Islamic Bank of the country, taking into account that it is false accusations, And unfounded. ”

“We will provide all conclusive evidence to the Central Bank of Iraq, which is the only regulatory body we are subject to, and we will follow up these accusations and slander in all legal ways available in Iraq and the United States to clarify the truth.”

The US Treasury Department issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the central bank governor had secretly transferred millions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guards to Hezbollah through the country’s “Bank of the country”, whose board is headed by Aras Habib Karim al-Fili.