(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
The White House indirectly paid $107 billion to companies defying its
sanctions against Iran, the New York Times reported Sunday.
to the report, records show that the US made contract payments and gave
grants and other benefits over the past decade to foreign and
multinational American companies that were doing business in the
The deals are reportedly continue during the
current administration, but already began under the previous
administration of George W. Bush.
The Times says that some of the companies are embedded in critical aspects of the Iranian economy.
paper further reports that some of the companies are involved in Iran’s
gas and oil sectors, as well as the auto industry and economic fields
with close ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
One of the
companies, the Times reports, supplied ship motors to IRISL, the
government-owned shipping company which was specifically blacklisted by
The vessel Francop, which was seized last year by the IDF Navy and
contained a massive amount of munition intended to reach Hizbullah,
carried containers marked with the IRISL logo.
The New York
Times also says that of 74 companies identified as doing business with
Iran, 49 have no intention of ceasing in the near future.