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US imposes new sanction on Hezbollah

International Desk
Published on : 17 May 2018, 10:31 AM
US imposes new sanction on Hezbollah


The United States and its Gulf partners have imposed fresh sanctions on Iran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah leaders. This Wednesday`s sanction targeted its top leaders Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem and referred the group as a terrorist organization, the international media informed.

The U.S. Treasury Department said that they have jointly issued this sanction with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Those who have been banned are all members of the terrorist financing and targeting center.

This fresh sanction of the Arab Country mostly targeted the members of the primary decision-making body of Hezbollah; some of them had already been in the US sanctions.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, "By targeting Hezbollah`s Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called `Political Wing` and Hezbollah`s global terrorist plotting."

Saudi Arabia also said the same thing. The country`s state news agency said, "Hezbollah is a global terrorist organization. Their leaders do not distinguish between politics and terrorism. So we do not consider them separately."

It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

Last year, Hezbollah`s leader Nasrallah ignored the US ban and said, "The US administration will not be able to stop our resistance with its maximum power."


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