The United States should more frequently blacklist foreign financial institutions that flout American sanctions barring Iranian oil sales, a lawmaker said Tuesday.
The authors of a U.S. embargo against Iran's central bank and petroleum industry called on the White House Thursday to be strict with foreign financial institutions under the law's statutes.
A U.S. official's threat last month of economic sanctions against four Chinese banks is likely to be toothless given economic and enforcement hurdles, say sanctions analysts.
The U.S. Treasury Department finalized regulations Wednesday requiring banks to ask their correspondent financial institutions about accounts tied to Iran when requested to do so by U.S. officials.
U.S. efforts to clamp down on terror financiers have been largely a success, a federal official told American lawmakers at a hearing in downtown Manhattan Tuesday.
The Senate Thursday named David Cohen the nation's top sanctions official after legislators agreed to end a standoff over the U.S. Treasury Department's implementation of financial measures aimed at Iran.
New European sanctions against Iran show how secrecy jurisdictions and trade concerns have compromised efforts to inhibit the Islamic Republic's financial reach, say analysts.
A congressional measure aimed at Iran could spell new compliance duties for U.S. financial institutions, including requiring banks to certify that their correspondent institutions don't maintain accounts for blacklisted Iranians.
The United States will sanction Turkish and Venezuelan banks as early as next week for knowingly processing transactions tied to designated Iranian entities, according to individuals familiar with the matter.
The U.S. Treasury Department proposed rules Wednesday that would require banks to inform the government of whether their foreign counterparts hold accounts for blacklisted Iranian institutions and organizations.
China and other U.S. trading partners continue to provide Iran with energy and banking services five months after the passage of new comprehensive sanctions against the country, lawmakers said Wednesday.