U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank Governor, Alleges Hezbollah Ties

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions Tuesday on the governor of Iran’s central bank and another senior bank official, accusing them of funneling millions of dollars to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia designated as a terror group by the U.S.. The Treasury Department said that Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, sent the funds to Hezbollah through an Iraqi bank, the al-Bilad Islamic Bank.

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Fox News -
US intensifies pressure on Iran, sanctioning central banker

 The United States intensified its financial pressure on Iran on Tuesday, slapping anti-terror sanctions on the head of its central bank and barring anyone around the world from doing business with him.

Seif, a career banker, became the head of Iran's Central Bank in 2013 under President Hassan Rouhani, who shepherded the nuclear deal. Those Western "hard currencies" can be used to fund extremist elements, such as in Lebanon and Syria.

New York Times -
Ruling on Airbus Subsidies Could Escalate Trade Tensions With Europe

The World Trade Organization opened the door for the Trump administration to impose billions of dollars in retaliatory sanctions on European imports with a landmark ruling Tuesday that Europe had illegally subsidized the aircraft giant Airbus to the detriment of its American competitor Boeing.

The ruling could further strain on trans-Atlantic trade relations, which have grown increasingly tense since President Trump vowed to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe and to sanction European companies doing business in Iran following his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.

New York Times -
Allies at Cross-Purposes: Trump Puts Europe Into Damage-Control Mode

Even the initial steps of Europe’s effort to devise a separate strategy and save the nuclear accord with Iran showed that the allies may now be working at cross-purposes with the United States, further straining years of international consensus.

After a series of decisions by President Trump that have split the trans-Atlantic alliance, European foreign ministers have begun a scramble to contain the fallout to their own interests, global institutions and stability in the Middle East.

NBC News -
Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after Trump pulls out

Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark international nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal, as well as calling on Iran to continue to abide by the restrictions the deal places upon their nuclear program," he said. Johnson also called on Washington "to avoid any actions that could prevent the remaining parties to the agreement from meeting their commitments under the deal — including delivering sanctions relief through legitimate trade."

The Guardian -
EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions

Tehran is being given assurances that European governments will seek to protect companies doing business in Iran from renewed US sanctions, as foreign ministers prepare to meet in Brussels to salvage the nuclear deal.

The difficulty for European politicians seeking to protect the deal is that risk-averse chief executives are likely to err on the side of caution if they believe EU guarantees of protection are not legally credible.

NBC News -
Why Is This Happening Untangling the Middle East

Chris Hayes sorts through the bewildering number of individual conflicts and key players to get to the heart of what’s unfolding in the Middle East.

He has covered the area extensively, knows the Middle East inside and out, and can tell us why we could be standing on the precipice of something era-defining. Chris: On behalf the government getting real cute with how they're gonna project their thing, it just makes me so freakin’ nervous.

DW -
Iran deal: The European Union's ugly options

European Union leaders are left with distinctly unpleasant choices: To stand up to Trump in efforts to preserve the deal — with US sanctions looming against anyone doing business with Iran — or to acquiesce to whatever Washington wants, even if it means abandoning a UN-approved agreement they brokered and believe in.

The United States' withdrawal from the Iran deal, despite the personal pleadings of Europe's most powerful politicians, has provided one more example that President Donald Trump has no hesitation in dismissing European interests and trans-Atlantic concerns.

Washington Post -
Allies fume over Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal but have few options to respond

In a frenzy of meetings and phone calls among them over the past week, their leaders have tried to figure out what they can do about President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran and his plans to impose sanctions on their companies that continue doing business there.

In Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the deal last Tuesday, and in a follow-up media briefing by national security adviser John Bolton, the administration said it wanted to immediately start talks on a new deal.

DW -
Iran, EU aiming to keep the nuclear deal alive

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Negotiating party number eight — the United States — announced its withdrawal from the accord last week.

From Tehran, he first flew to Beijing and Moscow, before heading to the Belgian capital to meet with the other six negotiating parties about the continuation of the 2015 deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Corruption Currents: Can Europe Save Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Can reneging on the deal turn allies against the U.S.? (Reuters, CNN, WE, Bloomberg, CNN). Russia oil and gas company Rosneft signed a deal to export more oil to Europe despite western sanctions against the country.

(NBC, AP). Malaysia’s former prime minister is accused in a new report of blocking the corruption investigation into the state’s 1MBD fund. Mr. Trump may not decide on whether to meet in person with Mr. Mueller until after his summit with North Korea’s leader.

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