UN sanctions against trade with Iran begin to take effect in one of Iran’s largest trading partners.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have closed down 40 companies for selling products to Iran or dealing with the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in violation of UN sanctions on Iran.
Analysts said the move would have little impact on the estimated $8 billion in trade between the UAE and Iran.
The 40 companies that were shut down reportedly had been found to be trading strategic dual purpose goods, good which could be used in both civilian or military production, and other dangerous material. The UN has barred these goods as part of sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear program.
On June 9, the United Nations Security Council slapped on Iran a fourth round of sanctions which now bar dealings with firms linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The IRGC is a separate organization from the Iranian army and operates its own armed forces, navy, air force and militia. Its goal is to preserve the theocracy in Teheran, but over the years it has widen its scope and runs a vast business empire ranging from construction to telecommunications.