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The US imposed sanctions on three shipping companies located in Malta that belong to Iran's national sea cargo transporter on Friday, US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey said in an opinion article he wrote in Monday's Financial Times.
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Levey said that Iran's national maritime carrier, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, forges documents, changes ship names and sends cargo through front companies located abroad in order to get around international sanctions imposed on Teheran for conduct surrounding its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Levey called on world governments and shipping companies to be aware of Iran's attempts to circumvent the sanctions.
The UN Security Council passed a fourth round of sanctions
against Iran in June to curtail
Iran's nuclear program over fears it is developing weapons. The council
endorsed those sanctions after Iran rebuffed a plan to suspend uranium
enrichment and swap its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium for fuel
Both the US
and European Union
followed with sanctions of their own against the Islamic Republic
targeting the country's trade, financial services, energy and transport
Iran denies that it is working on a nuclear weapon, saying its program
is intended solely for peaceful purposes such as energy-generation, and
that it has the right to enrich uranium under the international