“US Blocks Billions In Iran Assets in 2012”

May 30, 2013

The Wall Street Journal on May 29, 2013 released the following:

By Samuel Rubenfeld

“The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday in a report it issues annually that Washington’s sharply increased sanctions on Iran have led to nearly $2 billion dollars in blocked terrorist assets.

The Terrorist Assets Report, which is prepared by OFAC and delivered each year to key congressional committees, provides cumulative figures of the blocked assets of listed state sponsors of terrorism as well as entities or groups placed under sanctions.

More than $2.4 billion in assets relating to the U.S.-listed state sponsors of terrorism were identified by OFAC as of 2012, and sanctions blocked about $2.3 million of that.

Stepped-up sanctions on Iran led to the U.S. blocking more than $1.9 billion in Iranian assets as of Dec. 31, 2012, an increase of almost 3,500% over the $55.4 million figure posted at the end of 2011.

In a footnote, the report explains that “certain assets” noted in the 2011 edition of the report — but not included in the tabulation — were added to the main table under an executive order imposed in February 2012.

“These assets are subject to litigation and have been restrained by court order,” the footnote said.

The report said other countries listed as state sponsors of terrorism — Cuba, Sudan and Syria — had smaller changes in the amount of assets blocked by the U.S. An additional $8 million of Cuban assets were blocked during 2012, while only $4.7 million more Sudanese assets were blocked and $400,000 of Syrian assets were blocked.

Another $125 million in assets were listed separately as non-blocked assets of individuals and entities based in Iran and Syria, the report said.

OFAC also said in the report that the U.S. blocked a total of $21.8 million in assets tied to specially designated global terrorists, terrorists threatening the Middle East peace process and foreign terrorist organizations, up $717,000 since the end of 2011.

Some new groups’ names were added to the list in 2012, while a key one was removed.

Lashkar-E Jhangvi, Lashkar-Y Tayyiba and the Rajah Solaiman Movement were added to the Terrorist Assets Report because assets that appeared to link to them were blocked during the past year. Nevertheless, those assets seem negligible: The three groups combined had less than $12,000 blocked in 2012.

Meanwhile, Iranian group Mujahadeen-E Khalq, or MEK, was taken off the list for the 2012 report because the U.S. State Department removed them from its list of foreign terror organizations in September of that year.

The full Terrorist Assets Report is available here.”

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“U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Those Aiding Iran”

May 10, 2013

The New York Times on May 9, 2013 released the following:

By RICK GLADSTONE

“The United States on Thursday expanded its roster of those violating Iran sanctions, blacklisting four Iranian companies and one individual suspected of helping the country enrich nuclear fuel. It also singled out two other companies, including a Venezuelan-Iranian bank, accused of helping Iran evade other Western-imposed prohibitions on oil sales and financial dealings.

The penalties announced by the Treasury and State Departments came a day after the Senate introduced legislation that could effectively deny the Iran government access to an estimated $100 billion worth of its own money parked in overseas banks, a step that proponents said could significantly damage Iran’s financial stability.

That legislation, known as the Iran Sanctions Loophole Elimination Act, is expected to be integrated into a broader House measure introduced in February.

The actions on Thursday appeared to signal an accelerated American effort to squeeze Iran economically over the lack of progress in negotiations on the disputed Iranian nuclear program, which Iran says is peaceful but the West has called a guise to achieve the ability to make atomic bombs.

The latest round of negotiations last month ended inconclusively, and Western critics of Iran have accused it of stalling for time while it continues to enrich uranium.

“With Iran’s nuclear program marching steadily forward, we need to work as quickly as possible to eliminate any sources of funding for the regime,” the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Ed Royce, a California Republican, said in a statement issued jointly with the ranking Democrat, Representative Eliot Engel of New York.

They said the committee would hold a hearing Wednesday on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Any assets that blacklisted companies or individuals may have under American jurisdiction can be frozen, and they are prohibited from doing business with American citizens or businesses. Other individuals or business that engage with those under sanctions are themselves subject to penalties.

Iran has characterized the sanctions as illegal bullying by the United States and its allies. Some critics of the sanctions have said they are more likely to harden Iran’s resistance.

A State Department announcement said four Tehran-based businesses, identified as Aluminat, Pars Amayesh Sanaat Kish, Pishro Systems Research Company and Taghtiran Kashan Company, and an Iranian citizen from Tehran identified as Parviz Khaki, were all blacklisted for providing goods, technology and services for activities that violated United Nations Security Council sanctions on Iran’s nuclear activities.

“This action was taken in light of the ongoing concerns that the international community has with respect to Iran’s nuclear program, which Iran continues to refuse to address,” the State Department announcement said.

In what appeared to be a coordinated announcement, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which helps administer sanctions, announced that it was punishing Sambouk Shipping FZC, based in the United Arab Emirates, for cloaking the origin of Iranian oil and selling it on the international market. The Treasury said that the company was owned by a Greek business executive, Dmitris Cambis, who was blacklisted earlier this year for ties to sanctioned Iranian companies.

In addition, the Treasury penalized the Iranian Venezuelan Bi-National Bank, based in Tehran, for engaging in financial transactions for the Export Development Bank of Iran, which has already been blacklisted.

“As Iran becomes increasingly isolated from the international financial system and energy markets, it is turning increasingly to convoluted schemes and shady actors to maintain its access to the global financial system,” David S. Cohen, the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in the Treasury announcement. “As long as Iran tries to evade our sanctions, we will continue to expose their deceptive maneuvers.””

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Iran’s President Ties Recent Drop in Currency to U.S.-Led Sanctions

October 3, 2012

The New York Times on October 2, 2012 released the following:

“By THOMAS ERDBRINK

TEHRAN — Iran’s president admitted Tuesday that the American-led economic sanctions on the country were partly to blame for a breathtaking 40 percent fall in value of the Iranian currency, the rial, over the past week. He pleaded with Iranians not to exchange their money for dollars and other foreign currencies.

Speaking during a news conference broadcast live by several domestic and international Iranian news channels, the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Iran was facing a “psychological war” waged by the United States and aided by what he described as internal enemies.

He said the currency’s fall was caused in part by the sanctions imposed by the West over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, which have prevented it from selling oil and transferring money. He also blamed a domestic band of “22 people in three separate circles” who with “one phone call” could manipulate foreign exchange trades in Iran.

One Web site, Mashregh News, reported Tuesday that Mr. Ahmadinejad had ordered the arrests of those “disturbing the currency market.”

The fall in the currency’s value has presented Iran with enormous economic risks, including the possibility of starting a severe bout of inflation, which is already high. A rising sense of economic crisis in Iran could also pose political challenges for the country’s leaders.

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s address was aimed at the teachers, bus drivers, businessmen and others who have been frantically converting their savings into dollars and euros at the dozens of unofficial currency-exchange shops in the center of Tehran.

“I ask you, dear people, do not change your money into foreign currency,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said, emphasizing that such moves would only help the “enemy.”

But a fresh day of currency fluctuations played out on Tuesday, with the rial falling, then strengthening before sinking again, to settle around its Monday record low of roughly 37,000 to the dollar. The rate had been 24,600 rials per dollar as of last Monday.

Addressing the mixed emotions expressed by many Iranians, who are confused over whether to blame economic mismanagement by the government or the Western sanctions, Mr. Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies.”

He described the United States government as plotting to make Iranians miserable, emphasizing that the sanctions were hurting normal people instead of Iran’s leaders. “They are telling you lies, their pressures are on the people, not on the government,” he said.

Foreign exchange supplies in the country are sufficient to quench demand, he said, and he lauded the central bank, which he said had managed to “find ways” around the obstacles.

“The enemies are trying to blame the economic problems on the government. No. Never. There is no economic reason for these erratic ups and downs,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said. “I have no doubt that we will return to normal conditions.”

But he did not offer any specific solution to the crisis, and the rial’s value weakened after he spoke. The reaction prompted one person who exchanges currency to predict that the rial would continue to lose value against the dollar and other currencies.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said the economic pressures on Iran caused by the sanctions would never force it to compromise on the country’s uranium enrichment program, which Iranian leaders say is purely peaceful but the West suspects is a cloak for developing nuclear weapons capability. But the president repeated an earlier Iranian offer to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity, if world powers would be willing to provide Iran with that grade of nuclear fuel.

“We have announced that if they give us the fuel, we will stop production,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said. “But so far no one is prepared to do so.”

Also on Tuesday an Iranian lawmaker threatened that Iran would enrich uranium to 60 percent purity — much closer to bomb-grade material, if talks with world powers failed.

The lawmaker, Mansour Haghighatpour, deputy head of the foreign policy and national security committee in Parliament, said Iran needed the higher enriched fuel for still-to-be-designed nuclear submarines and ships, according to Press TV, Iran state television’s English language news channel.”

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US Senate Passes New Iran Sanctions Bill

May 22, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on May 22, 2012 released the following:

“By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. Senate passed on Monday night — by voice vote — new sanctions on Iran ahead of diplomatic talks about Tehran’s nuclear program.

The legislation, which was blocked last Thursday by Republicans seeking minor language tweaks despite overwhelming support, sailed through Monday on the voice vote after doing the same in committee. The bill, among other things, imposes sanctions on the parent companies of foreign subsidiaries violating sanctions. It also requires the disclosure of all sanctionable activity to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lawmakers have been on the offensive to punish Iran for its nuclear program, which Tehran says is peaceful.

“Iran’s Supreme Leader has a choice: Either come to Baghdad with a real plan to terminate Iran’s nuclear program or we’ll make our own plan – through sanctions or other necessary measures — to ensure that Iran fails to achieve its nuclear ambitions,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) in a statement.

The Senate-passed legislation still has to be reconciled with a House bill before it reaches President Barack Obama’s desk. It comes on top of sanctions legislation signed into law last year that targets anyone doing business with Iran’s central bank, which routes most of its oil transactions.

Those sanctions were implemented in early February via executive order, and a guidance and a rule were issued by the Treasury Department later that month. In April, the White House announced a new program that makes it easier to go after Iran sanctions evaders.

The bill passed Monday night broadens the list of available programs under which sanctions can be imposed on Iranian individuals and entities.

It also requires the U.S. to determine whether the National Iranian Oil Co. and National Iranian Tanker Co. are agencies of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, and then impose sanctions on anyone facilitating sanctions for either entity.”

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