Sanctions announced today Stuart Levy, Deputy Minister of Finance on financial intelligence and counter-terrorism. Besides the two Belarusian banks "black list" includes nine German companies as well as companies in Japan, Luxembourg, Italy and Iran. Mr. Levy said that the increasing isolation of the Iranian authorities on international financial and commercial systems, so Iran will continue efforts to avoid sanctions by using Worldwide of which are difficult to identify as Iranian.
According to the U.S. official identification Iranian partners to reduce the risk that they are used for illegal operations.
Stuart Levey called Iran the most effective sponsor of terrorism in the world. Several countries, including the United States accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charges and says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.
U.S. sanctions are in line with the last steps of the UN and the European Union. The UN Security Council on June 9 adopted a resolution which imposed sanctions on Iran, which refuses to stop enriching uranium. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley announced today that the UN sanctions, the U.S. and the European Union make an impact on Iran.
"We believe that it matters. Doing business in Iran is becoming increasingly difficult, it costs rise. And we welcome that. Course, it can do more. Therefore a State Department official in the non-proliferation and arms control was in South Korea, Now based in Tokyo and will visit several countries on this week . "
Iran says sanctions will not force it to change course.
Today, the Obama administration rejected the proposal of the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, hold debates with the president of the United States on global issues.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "We have always said that we are ready to sit down and discuss Iran's illicit nuclear program, if Iran is ready for a serious discussion. To date, these are serious about negotiating with Iran not."
The United States regularly join the list of companies that are subject to unilateral sanctions. List was last updated on June 17 — when the U.S. Treasury Department has included in this list of 30 new companies.