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US sanctions ban on Hezbollah MPs for the first time

The US Department of Finance put two Hezbollah members of the Lebanese Parliament to blacklist their sanctions. This is the first time that the US has blacklisted elected leaders of the Iran-backed group.As the exercise of increasing global pressure on Lebanon's powerful Shiite movement, the Finance Department put Amin Sherry and Muhammad Hassan Rad on black list on terrorism, saying that Hezbollah used his parliamentary power for violent activities.

A top Hezbolla officer, Wafir Safa, who is close to the movement's general secretary Hassan Nasrallah, has also been blacklisted. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US has banned three officials who took advantage of their positions for Hezbollah.He said, "There is any difference between the political and military branches of Hezbollah." He said, "We call upon our colleagues and partners to declare Hejbulla completely a terrorist organization." Pompeo pointed out the "maximum pressure" of the US against its representative organizations, including Iran and Hezbollah in West Asia, for the cause of this action.

The United States has officially declared Hezbollah a "terrorist group". Nonetheless, the US has stopped from imposing similar sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Jarif. Finance Minister Steven Mucheen said that similar restrictions were to be imposed in June.On the condition of privacy, a senior administrative officer told on Tuesday that Jairaf will not confirm any plans to be blacklisted. Jairaf had played an important role in securing the year 2015 historical nuclear deal.

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