US imposes sanctions on Iranian airline

Hotel News - 13/10/2011

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In a statement released this week, the US Treasury accused Mahan Air of flying Iran’s elite Quds Force as well as individuals from Hezbollah around the Middle East. In response, it said all of the company’s US assets are to be frozen and all businesses in the United States will not be allowed to engage in trade with the airline.

David Cohen of the US Treasury said in a press conference that Mahan Air’s cooperation with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp-Quds Force via secretly flying weapons, operatives and funds on its flights was yet another example of the IRGC’s reach into Iran’s commercial sector to support and facilitate acts of terrorism.

The news comes 24 hours after secretary of state Hillary Clinton called the alleged conspiracy a ‘dangerous escalation’ by the Iranian government amid growing tensions between the two countries. US officials say that Iran was planning to use explosives on American soil to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary said that it was ‘clear’ that senior officers from Iran’s Quds force, a specialised part of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, were engaged in the plot.

Meanwhile, Iranian authorities insist the allegations were entirely fabricated by Washington as part of its ongoing propaganda campaign.

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