Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

US, Gulf states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

US Sanctions Hezbollah Leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Deputy Naim Qassem US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities
Sammy Stanley | 17 May, 2018, 18:33

The decision on Wednesday comes as part of the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) which Saudi Arabia co-chairs.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait noted that the basis of their actions rests as its own legislation on the fight against terror, and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.

Washington said it was sanctioning five members of the Shiite militia's Shura council - its top decision making forum.

The Telegraph is reporting that they have seen emails between Qatari officials and the likes of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Iranian Quds Force leader Qasem Solemani as being warm.

The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region after US President Donald Trump withdrew this month from the 2015 nuclear deal.

These designations follow U.S President Trump's decision last week to cease USA participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to begin reimposing US nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime.

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Besides Nasrallah and Qassem, the sanctions also target Mohammead Yazbeck, Hussein al- Khalil, and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyed for their terrorism links, said the Treasury.

"The TFTC [has] again demonstrated its great value to worldwide security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilising influence in the region", Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

During that speech, Trump accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of supporting terrorism and called its role in region "sinister".

Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there is no distinction between the group's so-called "political wing" and its terror plotting faction.

These countries also designated eight other Hezbollah-linked people and entities. He is the current leader of the Judicial Council and has overseen a military command in central Lebanon that provides logistical and training support to "Hezbollah".

"What these emails show is that a number of senior Qatari government officials have developed cordial relations with senior figures in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, as well as a number of Iranian-sponsored terrorist organizations", a senior United States security official told the Telegraph.

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