Sanctions on Iran CBI Chief Sign of U.S. Fury
TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Tuesday’s move by the U.S. to impose sanctions against Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif and said it shows Washington’s fury.
Zarif, who was in Brussels for talks with European countries on saving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after Washington’s withdrawal, said the measure has its roots in the anger of the U.S. administration.
On Tuesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions on Seif, accusing him of covertly funneling money on behalf of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), through Al-Bilad Islamic Bank “to enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of Hezbollah.”
The U.S. Treasury also blacklisted Ali Tarzali, assistant director of the CBI’s international department, and the chairman of Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank, Aras Habib.