BRUSSELS) - The United States is concerned Iranian appeals to
European courts could loosen sanctions against Tehran, said a State Department
official on Monday who urged the EU to urgently find a way to allow judges to
examine secret intelligence evidence.
Europe's General Court told EU
governments in January to lift asset freezes against Bank Mellat and Bank
Saderat, two of more than a dozen Iranian banks which the European Union says
are helping finance Tehran's nuclear programme.
Both the European Union
and the United States view sanctions against the Iranian banking sector as a
crucial component of economic pressure designed to force Tehran to scale back
the nuclear work, which they suspect has covert military goals.