Sanc­tions on Iran CBI Chief Sign of U.S. Fury

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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.

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