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USA sanctions Iran currency network used to fund military

USA sanctions Iran currency network used to fund military USA sanctions Iran currency network used to fund military
Patty Aguilar | 10 May, 2018, 23:46

Mnuchin accused "the Iranian regime and its Central Bank" of misusing banking access in the UAE to acquire U.S. dollars to fund the IRGC-QF's "malign activities, and to arm its "regional proxy groups". Using forged documents, network operatives were able to operate under the radar in the UAE, distributing funds to Iran's most radical military units and regional proxies.

"The Iranian regime and its Central Bank have abused access to entities in the UAE to acquire USA dollars to fund the IRGC-QF's malign activities, including to fund and arm its regional proxy groups, by concealing the objective for which the U.S. dollars were acquired", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement on its website Thursday that it had sanctioned six people allegedly tied to the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and three Iranian entities. The sanctioned persons identified by Treasury worked for either the firms or the IRGC-QF directly.

"We are intent on cutting off IRGC revenue streams wherever their source and whatever their destination", Mnuchin added.

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Washington will re-impose the "highest level" of sanctions against Tehran, Trump said, threatening Iran with "bigger problems than it has ever had before if it continues work on developing nuclear weapons".

The UAE and United States have disrupted a multi-million-dollar network that was allowing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to access funds.

The IRGC-QF has been blacklisted since October 25, 2007, and the broader IRGC has been designated since October 13, 2017.

Following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said the JCPOA was a "terrible deal that should have never been made", and that Iran's involvement in Syria and Yemen has created "bedlam and death", which the United States can not allow to continue.

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