File Photo: Taliban militants stand handcuffed after being captured by Afghan security force members in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Sept. 1, 2018. (Xinhua/Sayed Mominzadah)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Treasury announced on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on eight individuals, including two associated with Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps -- Qods Force (IRGC-QF), in an effort to hit Afghanistan's Taliban militants.
The Treasury accused the designated Taliban members of engaging in suicide attacks and other activities in Afghanistan and blamed the Iranians for providing financial and material support for the Taliban.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed in a statement that Iran was "exploiting Afghanistan to further their destabilizing behavior."
Mnuchin is on a week-long trip to the Middle East with talks on combating terrorist financing and looming Iran sanctions.
Also on Tuesday, the other member nations of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), all U.S. Gulf allies, also imposed Taliban-related sanctions.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain announced Tuesday to add Iran's IRGC to the list of terror-related individuals and organizations, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Washington has intensified its sanctions against Iranian entities and individuals after President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal in May, a move that has been widely criticized by the international community.
New U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports are set to kick in on Nov. 4.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will manage to abort anti-Iran sanctions by the United States, Press TV reported on Monday.
The TFTC, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, was formed in May 2017 and inaugurated by the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Trump on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit last year.