U.S., UK and Canada launched a battery of sanctions against Iran in various fields, while continuing the pressure on the Islamic government after complaints about its nuclear program.
Thus, the U.S. announced new sanctions affecting the petrochemical industry in this country anddeclared it a territory of "primary concern for money laundering."
This designation, based on anti-terrorism law enacted in 2001 during the administration of former President George W. Bush after the attacks of 11 / S, currently applies only to six banksaround the world. Only one other country, Myanmar has received throughout its territory.
"For the first time, the Treasury has identified the entire Iranian financial sector, including theIranian Central Bank, private banks and their subsidiaries operating abroad, as entities that pose risks of illicit financial global financial system," Geithner said in a press conference.
Measure does not involve the immediate application of sanctions against the Iranian CentralBank, but gives the Treasury authority to do so in the future and warns banks around the world that "if they hold any Iranian entity transactions, risk be declared illegal, "said the senior official.
U.S. President Barack Obama also issued an executive order that permits the imposition of sanctions on persons or entities "sell, rent or provide" to Iran goods, services or technology to"maintain or improve" Iran's oil capacity expand production of petrochemicals.