The United States Treasury has announced this week the designation of five corporate officers and 10 businesses affiliated with either the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) or Bank Mellat, two entities previously designated by Treasury for supporting Iran’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program and carrying military cargoes.
The Treasury also designated four top IRISL executives; and eight IRISL front companies located on the Isle of Man.
Speaking to a reporter from the BBC World Service today the Director of Information (DOI) for the Celtic League said he was not surprised by the US governments move saying that there had been concerns for sometime about Iranian interests in the Isle of Man and that the Celtic League had raised these with the Manx and UK government some months ago.
The DOI said it was disappointing that the British government had not taken the issue of Manx-Iranian business links more seriously. Meanwhile the Manx government had been evasive over the issue.
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