The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has added a number of individuals and businesses to Iran’s sanctions list, alleging that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been involved in oil smuggling.
“IRGC-QF is using Iran’s oil revenues to support Iranian expenditures,” said Andrea M. Gaki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. “These sales will rely on key foreign intermediaries to undermine IRGC-QF’s involvement, and the Treasury will continue to harass and expose anyone who supports these efforts.”
One of the blacklisted individuals is Mahmoud Rashid Amur al-Habsi, an Omani national who, according to the Treasury Department, facilitated the sale and shipment of Iranian oil by companies to cover up Iran-KF’s involvement. Al-Habsi companies transport tens of millions of dollars worth of goods. ”
Moreover, “Al-Habsi has distorted automated identification systems by violating Iran-related restrictions by paying for shipments, false shipping documents and bribes as part of his control of the ship.”
Hiding stationary equipment on Iranian oil tankers Hiding trucks is a common practice, often in China. In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States was considering ways to divert Iran’s raw material to its biggest customer, targeting ships that were assisting Iran in China’s oil sales.
Indirect talks between the United States and Iran over the new nuclear deal continue. In addition to new additions to the sanctions list, Washington recently announced plans to target Iran’s missile and drone programs to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table.
By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com
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