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Iranian Revolutionary Navy soldiers.

‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran.

The umbrella organization controls some 812 affiliated companies worth billions of dollars that up to this point have been sanctioned by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations as “proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.”


Sanctions against Khatam al Anbia will be lifted by the European Union eight years from now, according to Reuters, although the United States will allegedly maintain the company on its own sanctions list at that time.

The elite Quds force, which carries out overseas operations, and the IRGC Air Force and Missile command will also be de-listed in eight years, as will Bank Saderat Iran (BSI). All of these, however, will remain on the U.S. sanctions list because they have been accused of transferring funds to Hezbollah or Hamas, involvement in terrorist activities, or being “proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.”

It will make for a complex business picture; foreign corporations and those in the United States with foreign divisions will have to figure out how to conduct transactions without triggering a response from the American government.

Other companies will be immediately freed of EU sanctions on the day the deal is enacted, within the next year and will be able to “move money through global banks ,access the SWIFT financial system, obtain and extend credit,” according to mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Due to the way business and government is now structured in Iran, any company that wants to do business with Iranian firms will eventually end up having to do business with the IRGC, numerous analysts have said.

U.S. National Intelligence director James Clapper said at an Aspen Institute security forum last month, “They’ve been funded anyway, even with the sanctions regime.” However, he said, that funding was limited. “I don’t think it’ll be a huge windfall for them.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.