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Washington welcomes EU efforts to impose new sanctions on Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Under-Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence hailed the EU’s efforts to impose trade sanctions on Iran.

Indeed, according to Reuters, Sigal Mandelker said today in London that sanctions were an important element to counter “Iran’s malicious activity” in the Middle East region.

“We understand that the EU is considering new sanctions against Iran. This is an important and positive step that we support, “she told reporters before meeting with British officials.

Last month, France, the United Kingdom and Germany sought the EU’s help to introduce new sanctions against Iran, doing its utmost to persuade other member states to support them.

Mandelker will also visit Berlin and Paris during his three-day tour of Europe.

Mandelker claimed that Tehran was sending funds to support Hezbollah, Hamas and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that those trying to do business with Iran would risk indirectly financing “unhealthy” activities in the Middle East.

“We are saying that any company planning to do business in Iran or with Iranian companies is in serious danger of doing business with the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps and thus supporting terrorism and instability around the world. She said.

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani warned on Monday that the United States would regret withdrawing from the nuclear deal and Tehran’s response would be stronger than expected.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and the six major powers – the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – lifted the sanctions that had paralyzed Iran’s oil economy for several years. exchange of important restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities.

But since coming to power, Trump has criticized the deal by asking his European allies to “fix the terrible defects.”

Mandelker also claimed that Iran had not respected the terms of the agreement, citing a lack of transparency in the Iranian banking system.

“The burden of responsibility lies with Iran and we will continue to highlight the risks of doing business there because they have not taken the steps they promised to take,” he said. she said.

Mandelker finally stressed that she looked forward to continuing to work closely with the UK on the sanctions against Russia.