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US blacklists list of evaders of sanctions on Iran

Published on Dec 12, 2013 11:49 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington on Thursday blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals for evading sanctions on Iran in a show of strength to coax Congress to back off new moves against Teheran and warn Iranian leaders to comply with a nuclear deal.

"Today's actions should be a stark reminder to businesses, banks and brokers everywhere that we will continue relentlessly to enforce our sanctions, even as we explore the possibility of a long-term, comprehensive resolution of our concerns with Iran's nuclear program," said Mr David Cohen, Treasury under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

US citizens or companies are barred from engaging in transactions with any of the firms and individuals named on Thursday and their assets will be frozen in the United States.

Those listed include the Singapore-based Mid Oil Asia and Singa Tankers, both companies accused of helping Iran transfer badly-needed funds to a foreign bank on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Company.

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