U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Hezbollah leaders

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Hezbollah leaders

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear deal and said he would reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Hassan Nasrallah was sanctioned for acting on behalf of Hezbollah, which he has led since 1992, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

In 2016, the six Arab Sunni powers of the Gulf Co-operation Council - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman - designated Hezbollah a "terrorist" organisation.

The move expands U.S. sanctions against Nasrallah, who was sanctioned by Washington in 1995 for threatening to disrupt the Middle East peace process and again in 2012 over Syria.

The U.S, along with Gulf states, designated Wednesday the senior leadership of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah with the aim of "disrupting" its operations.

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Hezbollah leaders

This is the second TFTC designation action since the center was announced on May 21, 2017. In addition, the sanctions reject the "false distinction" between the group's political and military wings. The group shares financial intelligence to target terrorist financing networks.

The deputy chief of Hezbollah, Sheik Naim Qassem, casts his ballot during Lebanon's parliamentary elections in Beirut, Lebanon, May 6, 2018. The group has repeatedly clashed with Israel, and more recently has intervened in the Syrian civil war, fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russian Federation. Haley blames Iran, Hamas for Gaza violence US adds head of Iran's central bank to terrorist list, imposes sanctions Trump offers hope for peace in recorded remarks at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem MORE said. It also plans to reinstate all the sanctions that had been lifted under the nuclear deal.

The U.S. move comes just over a week after Hezbollah and its political allies looked set to emerge as the most powerful alliance in Lebanon's next parliament.

Iran's foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the USA and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Nasrallah struck a conciliatory tone after the Lebanon election, urging factions to work together to address the country's problems, and asked his supporters not to gloat.

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