Sir Francis Canker Photography / Getty ImagesThe Iranian flag flies over Tehran in this stock image. (Sir Francis Canker Photography / Getty Images)
The Trump administration is poised to announce that it will blacklist Iran’s entire financial sector, dealing another blow to an economy that is already reeling under U.S. sanctions.
Administration officials and congressional aides say the decision is expected on Thursday.
The move is expected to hit 14 Iranian banks that have thus far escaped the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions and, more importantly, subject foreign, non-Iranian financial institutions to penalties for doing business with them.
Thus, it will effectively cut them off from the international financial system.
The officials and aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the decision, which is to be announced by Treasury Department on Thursday afternoon.