Translator:Julia Gao

The United States has announced sanctions on an oil smuggling network. The network is said to be led by figures associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Brigades and supported by the Russian government.

On Wednesday, May 27, the U.S. Treasury Department wrote on social media:

“Today, the United States will sanction an international oil smuggling and money laundering network that provides revenue generation for Iran. Anyone who buys oil from Iran will face the end of U.S. sanctions.”

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the oil smuggling network has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Brigades and Iran’s Hezbollah. It is supported by the government of the Russian Federation and the management of the state-owned economy. The network also supports Iranian institutional armed groups that continue to cause conflict and suffering in the Middle East.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Wednesday’s action, linked to the Russian state-owned oil company and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Al-Quds Brigade, marked a financial and diplomatic double whammy against two of America’s biggest enemies.

The U.S. President Joe Biden has decided to blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a U.S. terrorist, according to senior Western officials.

At present, hopes for a resumption of the Iran nuclear deal are further diminished amidst various frictions.

On Wednesday, Robert Mali, the chief envoy of the Bevin administration in charge of Iranian nuclear talks, told a U.S. Senate panel that there is little hope for success in restarting Iranian nuclear talks in 2015.

“If the U.S. does not return to the Iran nuclear deal, it means that stricter sanctions against Iran will have to be initiated,” said Robert Mali. More importantly, because there is no military solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, this means that while the U.S. will have hindered Iran’s nuclear program, it essentially cannot be resolved. At this point, Iranian nuclear negotiations are even less likely than the chances of failure.”


Edited by: Lish
Published by: Wenwu

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