U.S. Department of the Treasury on October 14, 2011 released the following:
“By: David S. Cohen 10/14/2011
This week, Treasury took two major actions targeting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps- Qods Force (Qods Force), a special unit within the IRGC that the Government of Iran uses to provide support to terrorist and extremist organizations and operations around the world.
In response to the Qods Force plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States while he was here in Washington, Treasury moved swiftly on Tuesday to impose sanctions against five individuals connected to the plot, including four senior Qods Force officers.
And the very next day, we took additional action against the Qods Force by applying sanctions against Mahan Air, the second largest commercial Iranian airline, for secretly ferrying Qods Force operatives, weapons and funds on its flights, including facilitating the covert travel of suspected Qods Force officers into and out of Iraq.
This week’s revelation about the international, state-sponsored murder-for-hire plot, the $100,000 down payment coming into the United States from a non-Iranian foreign bank, and the Qods Force’s use of the second largest Iranian commercial airline to further its terrorist activities confirms our longstanding concerns that the Qods Force abuses Iranian commercial and financial resources to facilitate its terrorist activities, and those that continue to do business with Iran face serious risks of becoming involved in the IRGC’s illicit actions.
Treasury first targeted the Qods Force in 2007 for its activities in support of terrorism around the world, and has taken action against the Qods Force many times since. This week was no different – our actions are part of an ongoing strategy to pressure the Government of Iran for its failure to live up to its international obligations and expose the individuals and entities involved in Iran’s illicit activities.
As we look for more ways to increase this pressure, we will – both unilaterally and multilaterally, in close coordination with our partners and allies around the world – continue to target the IRGC, the Qods Force, its front companies and resources, and the Qods Force in an effort to isolate them from the international financial and commercial systems.
David S. Cohen is Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.”
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