The United States on Thursday said it blacklisted two companies based in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and one in Dubai for helping Iran’s state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) export millions of dollars of goods in violation of U.S. sanctions. Squeeze Khamenei some more Mr President.
Most of the Ayatollahs in Iran are violent men hiding behind a religious cloth. They bask in the glory of sending IRGC terrorists to kill Syrian women and children.
DOWN TO GRANULARITY OF SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN
The U.S. Treasury Department said it imposed sanctions on the Hong Kong-based Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd; as well as Sage Energy HK Limited, China-based Peakview Industry Co Ltd and United Arab Emirates-based Beneathco DMCC.
The sanctions would freeze all assets the companies hold that fall under U.S. jurisdiction. It also bars U.S. companies and individuals from dealing with them; in addition to potentially subject non-U.S. financial institutions that knowingly facilitate “significant transactions” for them to U.S. sanctions.
Further, the U.S. government-imposed sanctions on two other companies, Jiaxiang Industry Hong Kong Limited and Shandong Oiwangwa Petrochemical Co Ltd,. The sanctions extended to two individuals, Ali Bayandrian, who is linked to Triliance Petroleum, and Zhiqing Wang, a Chinese national linked to Shandong Oiwangwa.
The announcements are the latest step in the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign designed to squeeze the Iranian economy to try to force Iran to accept greater constraints on its nuclear program, regional activities and pursuit of ballistic missiles. The better the intelligence the United States collects, the more it pays the Ayatollahs with the same currency they use to harm others.
U.S.-Iranian tensions have risen since the U.S. decision to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that many dubbed the Iran Surrender Deal for the U.S. surrendering its interests to Iranian hegemony. The U.S., since, re-imposed U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Adding to these tensions is Iranian terrorism, represented by attacks on Saudi oil facilities; as well as Iranian proxies attacking U.S. bases in Iraq. In response, President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed IRGC military commander Qassem Soleimani in early January.