May 16, 2018 13:55 UTC
  • US blacklisting of CBI chief meant to derail nuclear deal talks: Tehran

Tehran has strongly condemned Washington for imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran's chief over a week after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying such moves are meant to derail the ongoing negotiations to save the now six-party agreement.

The US Treasury Department named Valiollah Seif and another senior official in Iran’s Central Bank as “specially designated global terrorists” for allegedly assisting Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused Seif of covertly funneling money on behalf of the IRGC’s Quds Force through Iraq-based Al Bilad Islamic Bank to support Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement.

The new bans have drawn a strong condemnation from the Iranian Foreign Ministry, with its spokesman Bahram Qassemi describing them as “the continuation of the US government’s inappropriate behavior and hostile policies, which have targeted the Iranian nation over the past decades in various forms.”

“These hostile policies have failed and will fail to bring any achievement for the US, and will rather make the Iranian nation and government more determined, patient and resilient than ever in their efforts to counter America’s anti-Iran measures,” he added.

The blacklisting of Seif, which coincided with the start of negotiations among the remaining parties to the Iran deal, reveals Washington’s failure to achieve its “pre-planned objectives” against the Islamic Republic.