2020-03-28 10:53:41

Shafaq News/ A Statement by Morgan Ortagos, State Department spokesperson said that sanctions are imposed on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and set a deadline for Iraq to import electricity

The United States announced today the inclusion of 20 personalities and entities that are violating the Iraqi sovereignty and are exploiting the Iraqi economy to transfer money to al- Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. These people help provide the financial support that enables the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to transfer deadly aid to Iranian-backed terrorist groups such as Hezbollah Brigades and League of the Righteous and engage in malicious actions and activities that undermine the Iraqi government's efforts toward energy independence, she said.

The entities and personalities listed today are working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Iraq’s reliance on Iranian electricity imports. Under the waiver of the sanctions issued by the United States, Iraq is allowed to enter into financial transactions related to the import of electricity from Iran. The purpose of this concession renewed by the United States today is to meet the immediate energy needs of the Iraqi people, She added.

The inclusion of these personalities and entities today confirms that the United States will not tolerate the malicious Iranian parties exploiting the transactions under which sanctions are waived, and we will continue to focus on punishing those who exploit these concessions in favor of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or other listed terrorist groups. Iraq is rich in natural resources and has the ability to reduce its dependence on Iranian energy, for the sake of Iraq’s security and the welfare of its people, The statements explained.

The United States works regularly with the Iraqi government on energy security, and we support measures that reduce Iraqi energy dependence on Iran. We look forward to a speedy solution to the process of forming the Iraqi government and work with a government committed to achieving the security that the Iraqi people deserve, Ortagos concluded.