White House warns shutdown hits Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House warned on Friday that the office which enforces United States sanctions on Iran could not function as most of its staff was furloughed by the government shutdown.
The Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control had seen its manpower cut from 175 full-time staff to 11, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
"The office is unable to sustain its core functions," he said.
The office issues new sanctions, and targets firms or individuals that violate US sanctions to punish Iran's nuclear programme.