Iran's FM Decries Saudi Support for US Sanctions on Hezbollah

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The move comes one day after the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the governor of Iran's central bank, alleging it had funneled funds to Hezbollah, which the US considers a terrorist group.

The Shura Council is Hizbollah's supreme decision-making body responsible for religious, military, and strategic matters and asserts control over administrative, planning, and policy-making authorities.

Sanctions against the Lebanese Shiite group supported by Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

As reported by SPA, the sanctions imposed against the leader of the group Hassan Nasrallah, his Deputy Naim Qassem, Politburo members Muhammad Yazbeck, Hussein Khalil and Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyid.

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A number of other individuals and firms, which are said to be affiliated with Hezbollah, were also hit with bans.

The US Treasury announced on Wednesday it has imposed sanctions on Hezbollah leadership as well as other individuals and one group, a move it claimed to "disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group".

Coming after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, the Treasury said Wednesdays actions are part of a efforts to go after "the totality of Iran's malign activities and regionally destabilizing behavior, including that of Hezbollah".

The list of sanctioned individuals also reportedly includes Talal Hamiyah, Ali Yusuf Shararah, Adham Tabaja, Hassan Ebrahimi and Hashem Safieddine.

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"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", said Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

Specifically, OFAC, together with Gulf partners, designated Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah. As the Secretary General and head of the Shura Council, Nasrallah is Hezbollah's highest-ranking official and exercises direct command over Hezbollah's military and security apparatus as its supreme commander, including its involvement in the war in Syria.

Hezbollah was formed following the Israeli regime's invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing occupation of its southern parts in 1980s, and now constitutes Lebanon's de facto military power.

There has been no immediate response by Hezbollah or Iran to the Saudi move.

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