On the Road to Doha: Iran sanctions, by Jonathan Schanzer, FDD; with Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox

Jan 12, 04:51 AM

(Photo: Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran and expanded them in 1995 to include firms dealing with the Iranian government. In 2006, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1696[2] and imposed sanctions after Iran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment program. U.S. sanctions initially targeted investments in oil, gas, and petrochemicals, exports of refined petroleum products, and business dealings with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. This encompasses banking and insurance transactions (including with the Central Bank of Iran), shipping, web-hosting services for commercial endeavors, and domain name registration services.)

Jonathan Schanzer, FDD, in re: Iran sanctions. The demonstrations complain about how Teheran has spent public funds, incl, terrorism and nukes. Turkish banker, Reza Zarrab, in New York court for having stolen and pass vast sums to Iran. Yielded Iran $100 Bil at the height of the nuclear standoff. . . . Do White House and Treasury sanctions matter? Yes, in that the Iranian people are very angry at how the regime has wasted public funds. Sanctions shed a light on [malfeasance}, which will resonate in the street. Abt $16 Bil per year has gone to rogue states, alone. Iran will always try to step in – and we need to let them understand that they, too, can be the objects of sanctions. Hoft [?] Bank will rcv a hefty fine; BNP Paribas did. Send a tough message to those who consider evincing bad behavior in future. “Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker, has been found guilty of bank fraud and conspiracy due to his involvement in a plot to help Iran . . .” · http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/david-adesnik-iran-spends-16-billion-annually-to-support-terrorists-and-rogue-regimes/ · http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/schanzer-jonathan-the-biggest-sanctions-evasion-scheme-in-recent-history/ Since joining us in February 2010, Dr. Schanzer has been singularly focused on ensuring that FDD delivers not only accurate and timely research, but also research that is useful to decision makers inside the Beltway, across America, and around the world. He worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. A former research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries. Dr. Schanzer is part of the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance