By Staff Writer
On Wednesday 16th May, the Treasury of the United States and its Persian Gulf Allies made a common decision to impose new sanctions on senior leaders of Hezbollah (who depend with the regime of Mullahs) including their deputy and other connected entities.
Reuters News reported more on this topic: “This is Washington’s third sanction of the week, since the United States pulled out of its nuclear deal with (the regime of) Iran.. for the past several days, Trump’s government has been trying to eliminate the sources behind Iran’s international activities, such as its support for Hezbollah”.
In January 2016, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrollah, gave special thanks to the president as well as the supreme leader of Iran (also referred to as ‘Vilayat-e-Faqih’) for their full support of their organisation and said: “we are transparent about Hezbollah’s budget and acknowledge that all that we eat or drink, all that we earn or spend, and all our missiles and rockets, are provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran”. He continued: “we are very transparent, maybe more so than the rest of the world, in that we honestly reveal the source of Hezbollah’s budget, in terms of its income, food, and weapon; we are supported only by the Islamic Republic of Iran, not other banks or entities. We have money for as long as Iran has money. How much clearer can we be! I’d like to thank Iran’s government, especially Ayatollah Khamenei and the president, for their ongoing and solid support over the years. (ISNA News Agency, 24th January 2016)”.
The sanctions from the US, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the Emirates, have been imposed on 10 leaders and agents of Hezbollah, as well as 4 affiliating entities”. The cooperation of Qatar in these sanctions has especially been noticed, as it proves effective in fighting the terrorism and interference of the Iranian regime. On the day that these sanctions were decided, the foreign minister of the United States also released a statement about its phone conversation with the foreign minister of its counterpart, Qatar: “(in this conversation) the foreign minister approved the request of the prime minister (of the United States), and agreed that the tensions (between the countries) of the (Persian) Gulf … must be reduced and eventually eliminated; because (the regime of) Iran benefits from this tension.”)
The US Treasury also commented on the sanctions against Hezbollah, which were announced on Wednesday, and stated: “the Department of Treasury, as well as the Counter Terrorism Centre together imposed sanctions on the senior leaders of Hezbollah…Today, the 7 members of the Counter Terrorism Centre have taken significant measures against the senior leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah which is supported by (the regime of) Iran”.
The minister of the Treasury pointed out in his statement: “The decision made (by the United States) last week against the listed terrorist entities, aims to end America’s cooperation in Iran’s Nuclear Deal, and to resume its non-nuclear sanctions on Iran’s regime. Our decision is in response to the malign and destabilising activities of (the regime of) Iran in its surrounding area, including its support for the Hezbollah”.
The statement specifies: “These sanctions, which were decided (on Wednesday) last week, target the currency-exchange network between Iran and Emirates; a network that allows the transfer of millions of dollars to the ‘Quds’ force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran. The sanctions also target the Head of the Central Bank of (the regime of) Iran as well as the Balad Bank in Iraq; which form another pathway for the transfer of millions of dollars to the ‘Quds’ force; (the money the ‘Quds’ force receives is used) towards the enrichment and support of the extreme and violent orders of Hezbollah”.
The Treasury of the United States also commented on its sanctions on the senior leaders of Hezbollah: “these leaders are the deciders of Hezbollah in terms of religious, military, and strategic affairs; these leaders are also the controllers of affiliating institutions that contribute to management, design, and policy-making (of this group). If these leaders reach a dead-end (in other words, if they fail to reach an agreement), the supreme leader (of the regime) will have the final say”. This statement also includes a list provided by the Gulf countries, in which the agencies and institutions that affiliate with Hezbollah are mentioned along with their histories of terrorism.