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U.S. slaps sanctions on Greek businessman for smuggling Iran
发布时间:2015-11-16 04:33 来源:http://www.techolics.com

U.S. slaps sanctions on Greek businessman for smuggling Iran

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Obama administration on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Greek businessman and his companies for smuggling Iranian oil abroad.

The Treasury Department said Dimitris Cambis used Iranian funds to buy oil tankers and ship Iranian oil to the international market by means of ship-to-ship transfers to mask its origin.

Washington and its European allies targeted Iran's oil export last year as they tried harder to force the Islamic republic to stop its uranium enrichment activities, which they suspect are used to produce nuclear weapons.

As president of Impire Shipping Limited, Cambis purchased the oil tankers on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) , which can carry some 200 million dollars worth of oil per shipment, the Treasury said in a statement.

In addition to Cambia's 10 companies in Greece and eight tankers he bought, the Treasury moved against four companies in the United Arab Emirates, saying they are front companies of the Iranian government.

The four companies are Sima General Trading, Polinex General Trading, Asia Energy General Trading and Synergy General Trading.

"Today we are lifting the veil on an intricate Iranian scheme that was designed to evade international oil sanctions," said David Cohen, the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

"We will continue to expose deceptive Iranian practices, and to sanction those individuals and entities who participate in these schemes," he added.

The sanctions bar U.S. citizens from doing business with the targeted companies and freeze all of their assets under U.S. jurisdiction.

In a separate move, the State Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on Impire Shipping Limited, Kish Protection and Indemnity Club and B iraimeh Markazi-Central Insurance of Iran by denying visas to their senior executives.

The department said the latter two are targeted for providing insurance or reinsurance to NITC.