The U.S. Treasury Department announced it had blacklisted two Iranians for their alleged involvement in Iran's nuclear drive, thus having furthered its financial clampdown on Iran.
Following the announcement, no American banks and American citizens are allowed to conduct any financial transactions with the two Iranians, named as Mohammad Qannadi and Ali Hajinia Leilabadi.
In addition, the American government will freeze any assets the two men may hold under U.S. jurisdiction.
The Treasury Department alleged that Qannadi acts on behalf of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which managed Iran's overall nuclear program and reports directly to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ali Hajinia Leilabadi was said to be playing a similar role with the Mesbah Energy Company which the Treasury Department said had tried to procure materials for Iran's heavy water reactor project.
Heavy water is an essential material for nuclear industry.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urged Thursday American allies to help sever Iran's banks from the global financial system, accusing Iran of funding and training Middle East "extremists".
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced to freeze the assets of four Iranian companies which were accused of getting involved in "Iran's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction".
Last Mod: 17 Haziran 2007, 17:07