The U.S. Senate as soon as this week will consider a proposal to apply direct sanctions to the Central Bank of Iran after a House panel adopted a similar measure Wednesday. The proposal, to be introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) as a floor amendment to a foreign spending bill, would require the President to report within 30 days whether the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) finances the Revolutionary Guard Corps, international terrorism or the country's arms program. Should the President determine that CBI meets any of the criteria, the measure would obligate him to apply sanctions under the International...
Foreign financial institutions and other non-U.S. companies newly tasked with disclosing when their affiliates deal with Iranian government officials are finding the requirements onerous, according to compliance officers and consultants.
The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly approved bills that would restrict loans and interbank transfers of credit involving entities that facilitate Iran's petroleum and weapons trade.
The U.S. Treasury Department Monday proposed designating Iran as a "primary money laundering concern" and requiring banks to end correspondent relationships with foreign institutions that transact for Iranians.
Proposed amendments to an Iran sanctions law that would require U.S. banks to certify whether their foreign counterparts do business with blacklisted Iranians would be a "huge" compliance burden if implemented, say top officials at the nation's largest financial trade group.
A congressional committee Wednesday approved an amended measure that would sanction the Central Bank of Iran and require U.S. financial institutions to certify that their foreign counterparts have no ties to blacklisted Iranians.